The play lasts approximately five and a half hours and is represented in two acts
Act 1: 14:30pm – 17:00pm
Intermission: 5:30pm – 7:30pm; we’ll have dinner at restaurant.
Act 2: 20:00pm – 22:30pm
Back to our hotel. Overnight.
OBERAMMERGAU – Passion Play “PASSIONPAIHAUS”:
In 1633, the inhabitants of the German city of Oberammergau, Bavaria, made a promise: “If God saved them from the plague, his citizens would interpret the passion of Christ every ten years.“
There are 2,000 actors (and live animals), they include local wood carvers, hotel owners, students, teachers, children, all of them interrupt their schedules to become actors, singers, orchestra members and stagehands. Requirements are strict: all actors must be born in Oberammergau, or have lived there 20 years, or be married to a villager and a resident for 10 years. All natural makeup, such as men let their hair and beards grow a year before the play. Female roles are limited to single women under age 35..