Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
Although it is still just over a year until the 2020 production of the play , preparations are now well in hand.
Just before Christmas the names of the principle cast members were announced. For 2020 over half the village , whose population is about 5000 have volunteered to take part. Jesus will be played by Frederick Mayet a 38 year old who works in theatre administration, who played Jesus in 2010. He will alternate with Rochus Ruckel a 22 year old aerospace student
On Ash Wednesday many of the men of the village stopped shaving in preparation for the play. One tradition of the play is that only men who play Roman soldiers have short hair. Wigs are not used and so all the other men taking part stop shaving on Ash Wednesday the year before.
A group of 30 from St Paul’s have booked to see the play, and we will be joined by a smaller group, from Southampton. Our group is now full. However, anybody who has not yet booked and would now like to come, can speak to me. We have a small waiting list, and I can also let you know of other groups in this area which do still have places , with top grade play tickets and accommodation in or near the village. However, these are now limited as tickets unsold by March have had to be returned to the village.