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In three years time, 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 will be arranging a full programme of holidays from May until early October for people who want to experience this spectacular event. If you would like to reserve your place, you can register your interest in advance for a refundable deposit of £50 per person. Your deposit will be deducted from the cost of your holiday, once it has been confirmed.

To register call FREE on 0800 092 3918 or use our online form.


Oberammergau 2020


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.