The Oberammergau Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every ten years—the premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be on 16 May 2020. The Passion Play goes back to a vow from the year 1633. At that time the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, in so far as no one was to die of the plague anymore. Over 2000 local amateur actors, singers and musicians will be back on stage at the impressive Passion Play Theatre in Oberammergau; this is almost half of the villagers.

The exact number of actors for 2020 will be determined in the upcoming months. The participation call will commence on October 1, 2018. Until March 31st, 2018, the inhabitants of Oberammergau can register for participation in the Passion Play. But not everyone is allowed to join the actors. Only those who have been born and raised in Oberammergau or have lived in the village for at least 20 years can become part of the Passion Play cast.

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