The Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria. The town’s residents vowed that if they were to be spared from the effects of the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would perform a play every ten years thereafter depicting the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.
About half of the 5300 inhabitants of Oberammergau are expected to take part in this year’s Passion Play. The villagers will bring to life the story of Jesus of Nazareth for over 500000 visitors from around the world. The play begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues with His Death on the Cross and finishes with the Resurrection. Performances are scheduled between mid-May and early October beginning at 14:30 and ending at 22:30 with a three-hour interval in between.