Passion and Passion Play
The Oberammergau Passion Play is based on a vow that was given in times of great distress, which is fulfilled continuously every 10 years on the open-round stage of the theater building. For over 350 years the Oberammergau are to redeem their promise with commitment and pride, to perform the play of suffering and death of Christ.
The 42nd Passion Play will be held from 16 May to 4 October 2020 - 102 performances are planned. With 4,500 seats in the covered auditorium, the Passionstheater Oberammergau is the largest open-air theater with a covered auditorium in the world. An overview of the timetableDetails
In 1632 the pestilence, a plague, had infested Oberammergau and by 1633 nearly every family had come to experience death. People, brought down with the pestilence, vowed to perform every ten years at the towns cemetery, a Passion play depiction the suffering and dying of Christ if there would be no more deaths by the pestilence.Details