Once every ten years, an unassuming village in the heart of the
Bavarian Alps holds an event that draws eager crowds from across
Oberammergau is now synonymous with its famous decennial passion
play. Telling the story of the life and death of Jesus Christ, it's
a wonderful community achievement that sees a cast of more than
2,000 local actors, musicians and technical crew come together for
each sell out performance from May through to October. It takes two
years to prepare for such a huge event, held in the town's
specially constructed 4,700 seat, outside auditorium, and the scale
of the project is quite something to behold. Backstage there are 16
wardrobe rooms housing over 1,000 costumes as well as a myriad of
props, many of which date back centuries.
Set against the backdrop of the scenic Ammergau Valley the
theatre has all the modern comforts you could want, such as under
floor heating, while on stage you watch a piece of living history,
a tradition that has endured since 1633.