In light of the current situation, Freespace x HKRep: The Great Pretender – a musical due to take place 21–24 May 2020 (Thursday – Sunday) has been tentatively rescheduled to January 2021. Details will be announced on in due course. Please click here for ticketing arrangements. Ticketing enquiries: Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, (852) 3103 5900

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 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

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
Band Leader: Anna Lo
Co-choreographer: Lim Wei Wei
Set Designer: Bill Cheung
Costume Designer: Vanessa Suen Wing Kwan
Lighting Designer: Yeung Tsz Yan
Sound Designer: Can Ha
Singing Coach: Lianna Tse
Main Cast: Lau Shau Ching, Jordan Cheng

Date and Time:
21–23 May 2020 (Thursday to Saturday) 7:45pm
24 May 2020 (Sunday) 2:45pm

Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre

Presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

$480, $400, $320, $240

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 available on a first come, first served basis.

Subscribers to West Kowloon’s E-Newsletter are eligible for 15% discount on standard tickets bought online, by phone or in person at the Xiqu Centre or Freespace ticket office and other outlets on submission of E-News promotion code.

Members of the following organisations are eligible for discounts on standard tickets bought in person at the Xiqu Centre or Freespace ticket office and other outlets, and upon presentation of valid membership/staff cards:
HKRep Pals (15% off)
Zuni’s Friends (10% off)
Members of CCDC Dance Inspirations (10% off)
Members of CCDC Student Dance Inspirations (10% off)
Members of Club Bravo, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (10% off)
Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet (10% off)
Friends of Hong Kong Dance Company (10% off)
Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (10% off)
Members of “Energy Fun Club Plus”, Chung Ying Theatre (10% off, max 2 tickets)
Members of HKAPA Alumni Association (10% off)
Members of Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servant’s Association (10% off)
Members of FANCL Club (10% off)
Staff of Shun Hing Group (10% off)
Members of Bookaholic, The Commercial Press (10% off)
Members of Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (10% off)
Members or staff of Broadway Photo Supply Ltd (10% off)


  • 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) 2200 0022,

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

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