In light of the current situation, Freespace x HKRep China Everbright Limited proudly sponsors The Impossible Trial – a musical due to take place from 24 to 31 January 2021 (Sunday–Sunday) has been cancelled. Please see Ticketing Arrangements page for details. Programme Enquiries: (852) 3103 5900

Commissioned by Freespace, and co-presented and co-produced by HKRep and Freespace, The Impossible Trial (previously known as The Great Pretender) brings together some of Hong Kong’s top creators and performers. Using the language of musical theatre to separate truth from falsehood, and the stage to enact a fable for our contemporary world, it holds up a bright mirror in defence of justice for all.

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.

“After ten years of gestation, three years of creation and a year of rehearsals, The Great Pretender is an impressive production that already shows the contours of an epic Broadway musical.”
── Thomas Chan, Headline Daily

“Carefully written and beautifully constructed, The Great Pretender blends reason, sentiment and complex character relationships. Powerfully dramatic and highly entertaining, the storyline is both logical and unexpected.”
── Sunny Chan, Film writer / Director

The Great Pretender 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, Playwright / Director / Actor

“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

Presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Creative Team:
Composer: Leon Ko
Lyricist: Chris Shum
Playwright: Cheung Fei Fan
Director: Fong Chun Kit
Dramaturg: Low Kee Hong
Staging Director and Choreographer: Ivanhoe Lam
Scenographer: Wong Yat Kwan
Co-choreographer: Lim Wei Wei
Set Designer: Bill Cheung
Costume Designer: Vanessa Suen
Lighting Designer: Yeung Tsz Yan
Sound Designer: Can Ha
Singing Coach: Lianna Tse
Main Cast: Lau Shau Ching, Jordan Cheng, Tunes Ting

Date and Time:
24, 26–29 January 2021 (Sunday, Tuesday–Friday) 7:45pm
30 January 2021 (Saturday)# 7:45pm
31 January 2021 (Sunday)* 2:45pm
Approximately 3 hours including an intermission

Audio description*Cantonese audio description available for the performance on 31 January 2021 (Sunday). Please call (852) 2777 1771 to reserve in advance.
#30 January 2021 (Saturday) charity performance is exclusive for Friends of Caritas.

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

$480, $380, $320, $240, $180

Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion and full-time students. Senior citizen and student quotas are treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Early Bird Discount:

  • 10% discount for 4 or more standard tickets (single transaction)
  • 20% discount for HKRep Pals
  • 20% discount for West Kowloon e-newsletter subscribers. Subscribe to West Kowloon e-newsletter before 7:00am on 19 November 2020 (Thursday) to receive the discount code on the same day.
  • Early bird discount offers are not valid in conjunction with other promotion offers. Limited offer.

Early Bird Booking is processed by art-mate Online Ticketing
Booking Period: 19 November 2020 (Thursday) to 2 December 2020 (Wednesday)


  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the programme
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 3761 6661,

Programme Enquiries:
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, (852) 3103 5900

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Commissioned, Co-presented and Co-produced by Freespace

Co-presented and Co-produced by:

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

Title Sponsor:
Everbright Limited

Sponsor of 30 January 2020 (Saturday) Charity Performance:
Friends of Caritas
Booking details to be announced in November on the HKRep and West Kowloon websites and Facebook pages.

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