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In 2020 the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau will perform their 42nd Passion Play; a performance that takes place every ten years and celebrates the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once again we are arranging a full programme of holidays from May until early October so you can experience this spectacular event. We’re also planning to add more holidays a little closer to the event.

To secure your place on one of these specially-created holidays, you will need to pay an initial deposit of £200 per person when booking. A further £400 per person is payable 300 days before your departure.

Oberammergau Passion Play

Travel as a group

If you want to experience Oberammergau as part of a group of like-minded friends or with family, we can take care of all your travel arrangements. Plus, we offer one free place for every ten people in your group. Find out how we can take the hassle out of planning your group holiday.

 

 

Oberammergau 2020

History

During the 17th century, when the bubonic plague was sweeping Europe, the inhabitants of the small village of Oberammergau made a promise to God that if their village was spared, then they would perform a passion play every ten years.

Legend has it that after the vow was made there were no more cases of the plague in the village and town members already afflicted recovered. The first play was performed in 1634, and it has been performed ever since in years ending with a zero, with the exception of 1940 due to the Second World War, and in 1984 when it was performed for the 350th anniversary.

 

Oberammergau 2020

The cast

To be a part of the Passion Play, the cast have to be born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years. Originally the play was performed in the parish church but with over 5,000 people wanting to see performances there is a large purpose built stage with comfortable seating, under-floor heating, wheelchair access and toilet facilities.

Preparations have already begun for 2020, and according to tradition in 2019 by Ash Wednesday the male cast (apart from those playing Romans) will start growing their beards, and by autumn 2019 rehearsals will begin.

 

The Oberammergau Passion Play

The theatre

Originally the play was performed in the parish church but with increasing numbers of people wanting to see performances, a large purpose-built theatre was created, with comfortable seating, underfloor heating, wheelchair access and toilet facilities. Today the theatre can seat over 4,700 people.