Freespace x HKRep China Everbright Limited proudly sponsors
The Impossible Trial – a musical

  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
  • 24.01.2021 - 31.01.2021
Proudly Sponsors

【Due to closure of venues, The Impossible Trial – a musical is cancelled.

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.
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.
“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 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

“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

“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
Sponsor of 30 January
Charity Performance
Soundscape System
Technical Support
TiMax Tracking System Sponsor
Commissioned, Co-presented and Co-produced by
Ticketing Partner

Performance Date & Venue

  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
  • 7:45pm 24, 26-30#.1.2021
    2:45pm 31^.1.2021
  • $480 / $380 / $320 / $240 / $180
  • #30 January charity performance is exclusive for “Friends of Caritas”. Tickets not available for public sales.
    ^Accessible Performance with Audio Description (Cantonese)
    (Please call 2777 1771 to reserve the audio description device in advance)
  • Presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
  • No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above

Ticketing Info

Ticketing Discount

50% discount for
  • Full-time Students (limited offer)
  • Senior Citizens aged 60 or above (limited offer)
  • People with disabilities & the minder. For purchase of each concessionary ticket for people with disabilities, the customer can purchase one ticket of same concession for a minder.
Booking details to be announced sooon

Cast & Production 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
*With the kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts