Est. 1985

Oberammergau Passion Play

Kreuzigung, Oberammergau passion play in Germany ©Copyright by Gemeinde Oberammergau

Kreuzigung, Passion play Germany ©Copyright by Gemeinde Oberammergau

 

Every ten years, locals from the small German village of Oberammergau perform The Oberammergau Passion Play.  The 2020 season runs from May 16th to October 4th. We recommend Tuesday, Thursday and alternate Sunday performances, because they are combined with a 2-night stay in the area. The performances are usually during the afternoon and evening with a break for dinner. The package includes lunch arrangements and bus transport around the village, making the whole day a relaxing, as well us an uplifting, experience.

The History of the Passion Play

In 1633 the Bavarian village was in the grip of the plague.  The inhabitants vowed that, if spared, every ten years henceforth they would perform a Passion Play depicting Christ’s bitter suffering. In 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For centuries, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow. This testimony of religious faith and outstanding cultural event captivates Pilgrims from all over the world.

The Play’s traditional concept has remained intact, despite amendments over the years. Oberammergau’s parish priest, Alois Daisenberger, made the last major changes to the Passion Play’s text between 1850 and 1860. In the early 19th century, a school teacher in the village named Rochus Dedler composed the Play’s music. Revised and extended in 1950 by Professor Eugen Papst, it employs a large choir and orchestra and frames the entire spectacle. The Play is authentic, its structure having been retained to this day.  Featuring living pictures from the Old Testament and acted scenes from the New Testament, it tells the story of Christ’s Passion.  It begins with the entry into Jerusalem and ends with the Resurrection and Transfiguration.

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