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.