Oberammergau Passion Play – 10 Facts

  • The very first performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau was performed in 1634.
  • 2020 will be the 42nd Passion Play and will play From May 16th to October.
  • The music for the Passion Play 2020 is largely based on the compositions of Rochus Dedler (1779 – 1822) who was born in Oberammergau. Rochus Dedler was born in Oberammergau.
  • In 2020 there will be 55 instrumentalists in the orchestra comprising classical woodwind players, brass players, timpani and string players.
  • Only people born in Oberammergau or who have lived there for at least 20 years are allowed to take part in the play.

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  • 1830 citizens applied to be involved in the 2020 Passion Play.
  • The Announcement of the cast for 2020 was announced on October 20 and broadcast in a live feed on YouTube
  • 450,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2020 Passion Play which will have performances 5 days a week.
  • There is seating for 4500 spectators per show.
  • Each performance lasts approximately 5 hours with an intermission of three hours in the middle.
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Photos of Oberamergau, cast, stage and Play in this website courtesy of Passion Play 2020 Oberammergau www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de