Nawas expects to have one of the largest blocks of tickets with arrangements for every performance.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 Tickets and Performances
Guaranteed Passion Play Tickets
Once again, Nawas will have guaranteed Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 tickets for all our programs. Further, we expect to have one of the largest blocks of tickets with arrangements for every performance. As in past Play years, we’ll get our ticket allotment directly from the Passion Play Committee in Oberammergau. So, we can assure you that all our travelers will attend the play.
The 42nd Passion Play will premier Saturday, May 16, 2020. More than 500,000 spectators from around the world are expected to attend the performances of this epic, once-a-decade event.
The five-hour musical drama follows the life of Jesus from the time He entered Jerusalem through the Resurrection. Most of the Passion Play is sung opera-style with a full orchestra and chorus providing a rich musical backdrop. Over 2000 people — nearly half the population of the village — will have parts in the production, either on stage or behind the scenes.
The modern play takes place on an open-air stage with a covered auditorium seating 4,700. With a total cast of 1,000, the play boasts 130 speaking parts and hundreds of smaller parts. To be eligible for a role, the person must have either been born in Oberammergau or lived there 20 years.
2020 Performance Schedule:
The Play debuts Saturday, May 16, 2020. The last performance will be Sunday, October 4, 2020.
Director: Christian Stückl, who directed the play in 1990, 2000 and 2010
Musical Director and Conductor: Markus Zwink
Passion Play Facts: Virtually every villager’s life is dominated by the play. More than 2,000 people are directly involved, both on and behind the stage. In addition to performers there are 50 members each in the orchestra and chorus. Further, many others work as set and costume designers, electricians, stagehands, etc. Still others cater to the thousands of visitors who come to see the play.
October 2018: In a special church service the village of Oberammergau will renew their Passion Play vow, first made in 1633. As part of the festivities, the main actors for the roles of Jesus, Mary, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas will be introduced.
Ash Wednesday 2019: The traditional “Hair Decree.” On this date, per a long-standing tradition all the male performers begin to let their hair and beards grow in preparation for their roles in the play.
July 2019: The Pest-Play premiers. The play retells the story of Kaspar Schisler, who brought the plague into Oberammergau in 1633 during the 30 Year War. It recounts the terrible months when many townspeople succumbed to the plague, and how the villagers’ made their pledge to perform the Passion Play every 10 years.
November 2019: Play rehearsals will begin.
May 16, 2020: The first performance of the 42nd Passion Play. In all there will be 102 performances.
October 4, 2020: The last performance will take place.