The Great Pretender: A Hong Kong Musical Preview

Why We Recommend it

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and West Kowloon assemble Hong Kong’s top creators and performers to put on a new production about justice in the contemporary era.


The musical The Great Pretender tells the story of Fong Tong Geng, Guangdong’s most prominent advocate, who is known for his greed, malice and his shenanigans in the magistrate. Then Heaven deals him a blow as his money and property turns to naught in just one night – all because of a curse laid on him 16 years ago. In order to save himself from doom, Fong must fight his way back to the magistrate to right his wrong, and redeem himself as the champion of the common man.

Using the language of musical theatre to separate truth from falsehood, and the stage to enact an old fable for our contemporary world, the production holds up a bright mirror in defence of justice for all.

The musical features local established theatre actor Lau Shau Ching, a company member of the HKRep since 2001, as well as a frequent winner at the Hong Kong Drama Awards. Among his accolades are Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Drama Gallery’s The Mannequin (2002), Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for Departure 00:00 (2004) and Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for Field of Dreams (2009). His performance in The Last Supper won him Best Actor at the 4th Hong Kong Theatre Libre.

The musical is companioned by a post-performance seminar on 2 June 2019. Registration is required.

Please note that The Great Pretender, presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles, is a preview performance. Audience members are invited to give feedback on the music, songs, scenography, staging, choreography and performances via questionnaires, and to join the Post-performance Seminar in June 2019. Please also note that tickets are available to ‘HKRep Pals’ only.


When: 23 May 2019 - 26 May 2019 Where: Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre – 88 Austin Road West – Tsim Sha Tsui