Every ten years the Passion Play Oberammergau attracts hundreds of thousand visitors from all over the world – the premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be on May 16th 2020. The history of the Play goes back to a vow made in 1633. Back then the people of Oberammergau made a vow with God that if he could spare them from the Plague, they would pay tribute through performing a passion play, a depiction of Christ’s crucifixion, every 10 years. More than 2000 local amateurs, singers and musicians are going to perform on the impressive stage of the Passion Play theatre in Oberammergau which is half of the towns´ residents.
In Berlin, at the leading trade fair for the international tourism industry, the ITB, the first sales phase has started. From March 10th on it is possible to register on our website www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de. “The visitors have the opportunity to be the first to purchase packages and entrance tickets for this unique religious and cultural event“, said Walter Rutz, the Managing Director of the „Passionsspiele Oberammergau Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG.”
To ensure a pleasant stay, the village offers traditional arrangements. Besides the entrance ticket, the arrangement packages also include a one-night or two-night stay and dinner. „For the Passion Play 2020 the packages will be available at a lower price” says the Managing Director. The booking system has also improved. The seats are no longer linked to certain accommodations. „The system of our exclusive contract-sales partner “aovo touristic” ensures a transparent, fast and flexible booking completion” explained Walter Rutz. About 450.000 visitors from all over the world are expected to come to Oberammergau.
Ticket sales are carried out in various sales phases, as Walter Rutz said: „From now on tour operators are able to purchase packages; in one year, packages can also be purchased directly in Oberammergau and after all, the remaining tickets will be released in 2019”.
At the end of 2018 it is going to become very interesting for the actors of Oberammergau when the main actors will be chosen. Together with the renewal of the vow, it will be announced who will take the large and small roles in the 42nd Passion Play. At the end of 2019, Director Christian Stückl will start with the rehearsals and together with his artistic team, he will work on a new production of the "performance of the suffering, dying and resurrection” of our Lord Jesus Christ.