About Oberammergau, Passion Play - 2020
We have been arranging pilgrimages to the Oberammergau Passion Play since 1990. The Passion Play
is held from May through early October 2020, and is performed every 10 years! The play is
performed 5 days per week in an open-air theater which seats about 4,700 people. The performance
begins at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, a dinner break, and the play resumes from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Language: The Passion Play is performed in German, but you will receive printed English
translation. It is anticipated that over 750,000 will attend.
In 1633, a solemn promise was made. The "Black Death" came to Oberammergau in 1632, and in one
year, almost every family saw one or more members fall victim. At the cemetery, the Black
Death-invalids promised to act the history of Jesus Christ every ten years. On the Pentecost in
1634, a stage was built at the cemetery constructed over the fresh graves of the victims, the
towns people acted the first Play on a stage.
Where is Oberammergau?
Approximately sixty (60)
miles south of Munich, you will find the town of Oberammergau. Nestled in the high alpine
valley, the sprawling mountains and picturesque meadows that surround the town provide the
setting for the Play. This quiet and charming village is not only known for their hospitality,
but the dozens of woodcarving shops that encompass the streets. In addition to the Passion Play,
you will have the opportunity to pass through the Romantic Road region which is full of
beautiful old Churches. The most famous of all is the Michaelskapelle, part of the Convent
located in Fraueninsel, near the Chiemsee.
About the Play:
The play depicts the story of Our Lord Jesus Christ's Passion, beginning with the entry into
Jerusalem, and ending with the resurrection and transfiguration. Each performance starts at 2:30
P.M., and ends at approximately 10:30 P.M. Intermission / Dinner Break: Takes place half way
through the play, and you are allotted three (3) hours. Language: The Play is performed in
German, but you will receive a printed English translation Dates: May through September of
*Note: While we do NOT sell individual tickets, ALL of our pilgrimage packages include
Tickets to the Passion Play!
Performed in a giant open-air performance hall, it seats approximately 4,700 in attendance. Seats
located towards the front of the stage, are located under the open roof, sitting under the night
sky. The back end of the hall is covered by a ceiling. Performances are live, with the actors
being joined by real animals.
What type of Passion Play Packages will be available?
Our Pilgrimages guarantee
tickets to the show, along with Accommodations, Meals, Transfers, and Tours (as per itinerary).
There are several types of pilgrimages that will be offered. For those that do not want a long
trip, be offer pilgrimage to Oberammergau Three (3) Overnights).
The Passion Play will be staged for a total of 102 Performances. There will be five (5)
performances per week, taking place on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Theatre
will be Closed on Monday and Wednesday)
Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019): The day known as the "Hair and Barterlass". From this day
forth, all of the male performers begin to let their hair and beards grow in preparation for
their roles in the play.
April of 2019: The leading actors (Jesus, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate, and Mary) will be
announced. Also, 120 other smaller speaking roles, along with the player selection, and the some
2,000 contributors who will participate.
Fall of 2019: Rehearsals for the Passion Play begin.
May 16th, 2020: The opening of the first performance of the 42nd Annual Passion Play
October 4th, 2020: The closing of the last performance of the 42nd Annual Passion Play