Freespace x HKRep Panasonic proudly sponsors The Impossible Trial – a musical

Xiqu Centre Grand Theatre



(Update on 26 September) Performances Cancelled: For epidemic-related reasons, the performances of “The Impossible Trial – a musical” from 27 September to 1 October 2022 (Tuesday to Sunday) at 7:45pm are cancelled. For more information please see our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022, [email protected].


First Three Performances Cancelled: As one of the cast members is required to follow the anti-pandemic guidelines and undergo quarantine, the performances of “The Impossible Trial – a musical” on 9 and 11 September 2022 (Friday and Sunday) at 7:45pm, and on 12 September 2022 (Monday) at 2:45pm have are cancelled. For more information please see our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022, [email protected].



In a world of injustice, wrong is right and right is wrong


Fong Tong Geng, Guangdong’s most prominent advocate, is known for his greed and malice. But at the height of his career heaven deals him a blow and his reputation and wealth are lost overnight. Haunted by the bitter ghost of a childhood friend, Fong fights his way back to the magistrate to right his wrongs and redeem himself as the champion of the common man.


The Impossible Trial – a musical is commissioned by Freespace, co-presented and co-produced with HKRep. The preview run in 2019 received critical acclaim. Since then, the creative team has devoted time and energy in crafting the fully-fledged production. The world premiere of The Impossible Trial is poised to breathe new life into local original musicals.


“Told through the beautiful songs of golden songwriting duo Leon Ko and Chris Shum, Cheung Fei Fan’s story is unusually effective and captivating – a treat for the eyes and the ears!”

── Rupert Chan, Hong Kong Economic Journal


The Great Pretender (The Impossible Trial) is a major original musical that brings together Hong Kong’s top creative minds and performers. With music by Leon Ko, lyrics by Chris Shum and Cheung Fei Fan’s script developed over three years, we can expect a great production.”

── Kearen Pang, Performing Artist / Creator


“Carefully written and beautifully constructed, The Great Pretender (now known as The Impossible Trial) blends reason, sentiment and complex character relationships. Powerfully dramatic and highly entertaining, the storyline is both logical and unexpected.”

── Sunny Chan, Film writer / Director


Creative Team:

Composer and Musical Director: Leon Ko
Lyricist: Chris Shum
Playwright: Cheung Fei Fan
Director: Fong Chun Kit
Staging Director and Choreographer: Ivanhoe Lam
Scenographer: Wong Yat Kwan*
Dramaturg: Low Kee Hong
Co-choreographer: Lim Wei Wei
Band Leader: Anna Lo
Singing Coach: Lianna Tse
Set Designer: Bill Cheung
Costume Designer: Vanessa Suen Wing Kwan
Lighting Designer: Yeung Tsz Yan
Sound Designer: Can Ha
Cast: Lau Shau Ching, Jordan Cheng, Tunes Ting, Clinton Zhang, Rick Lau, Yau Ting Fai, Fung Chi Yau, Man Sui Hing, Kiki Cheung, ManMan Kwok, Vivian Chan, Adam Tang, Rick Cheung, Christopher Ying, Olga Chung


*Appearance by kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts



Title Sponsor:

Shun Hing Group


24 September 2022 (Saturday) Charity Performance sponsored by:

Friends of Caritas


29 September 2022 (Thursday) Charity Performance sponsored by:
Suicide Prevention Services


25 September 2022 (Sunday) Community Performance sponsored by:

Hong Kong Society of Nephrology

International Association of Chinese Nephrologists


Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China 25th Anniversary


This musical is an accredited event celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Commissioned, Co-presented and Co-produced by Freespace


Co-presented and Co-produced by:

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre