In 1633, when the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the plague. Its inhabitants vowed that if they were spared, they would stage a Passion Play every ten years, depicting Christ’s bitter suffering. In 1634, the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time.
For hundreds of years since, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow.
Today, pilgrims from all over the world are captivated by the Play. It is not only a testimony of religious faith but also an outstanding cultural event. Although the text and music have been adapted many times over the years, the traditional concept has endured through the centuries.
With inner conviction the amateur actors, all local people, represent time and again the life and sufferings of Our Lord.