Oberammergau

Oberammergau

The Passion Play 2020

EXPERIENCE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

In the town of Oberammergau, an historical event takes place only once a decade; and enlightening and dramatic production of the Passion Play.

This incredible experience displays a profound representation of faith and dedication to share the life of Christ through art. Performed every ten years, the community comes together in recognition of the deliverance from the Great Plague of 1634.

The History

The time is 1633 in the middle of the Thirty Years War, and the villagers of Oberammergau in Southern Germany, after months of suffering and death from the plague, vowed to put on the ‘Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ every ten years. At Pentecost 1634, they fulfilled their pledge for the first time on a stage they put up in the cemetery above the fresh graves of the plague victims.

The Participants

All actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village, since a special play law is in effect. All participants, from actors through to members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years.

The Schedule – Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play

The planning has already started for the 42nd Passion Play. More than 500,000 visitors are expected, over half of which will be international guests.

2015

Preparations begin

The Oberammergau Council appointed the production team of the 2020 Passion Play and the preparations for the 2020 Passion Play began.

2017

Schedule decided

The exact schedule is being decided.

2019

Actors announced

In spring, the names of the actors will be announced. Altogether, more than 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play. 2019 – By Ash Wednesday 2019, all participants in the play let their hair grow – and men also their beards – in accordance with a long tradition, the ‘Beard and Hair Edict’.

2019

Rehersals begin

In Autumn, rehearsals for the 42nd Passion Play will start.

2020

First performance

The first performance of the 2020 Passion Play, will be in May.

2020

Last performance

The last performance of the 2020 Passion Play, will be in October.

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