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Oberammergau Passion Play cast 2020

Roles announced on October 20, 2018

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680. The only time it was not performed, was during World War II. This time the play will open on May 6, 2020 and ends on October 4, 2020.

Who takes part?

The entire cast consists of villagers who have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years. They must also be amateurs and people of high moral and ethical principles. Villagers also make the outstanding costumes. As no wigs are used, participants must grow their hair and beards for several months prior to the performances, beginning on Ash Wednesday 2019 according to the “Hair Decree.” There are around 2,300 participants, ranging in age from babies in their mother’s arms, all the way to Anni Drohmann, who at 96 will be the oldest performer on stage.

Photos and bios courtesy of the Oberammergau Passion Play. For more information, please visit the official website.

Leading Roles

The leading roles are double-cast with performers of equal standing.
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Jesus
Frederik Mayet
Jesus
Rochus Rückel
Peter
Martin Güntner
Peter
Benedikt Geisenhof
John
Anton Preisinger Jr.
John
Christoph Stoger
Judas
Martin Schuster
Judas
Cengiz Görür
Mary
Andrea Hecht
Mary
Eva-Maria Reiser
Mary Magdalene
Barbara Schuster
Mary Magdalene
Sophie Schuster
Caiaphas
Andreas Richter
Caiaphas
Maximilian Stöger
Annas
Peter Stückl
Annas
Walter Fischer
Joseph of Arimathea
Christian Bierling
Joseph of Arimathea
Anton Burkhart
Simon the Leper
Matthias Müller
Simon the Leper
Hubert Schmid
Pilate
Anton Presinger
Pilate
Carsten Lück
Nicodemus
Jonas Konsek
The Centurion
Markus Köpf
Nicodemus
Abdullah Karaca
The Centurion
Ferdinand Meiler
Herod
Simon Marschalek
Herod
Maximilian Laubert
Nathanael
Kilian Clauß
Nathanael
Sebastian Dörfler
Archelaus
Simon Fischer
Archelaus
Tobias Eich
Gamaliel
Benedikt Fischer
Gamaliel
Walter Rutz
Ezekiel
Dietrich Schneider
Ezekiel
Julius Iven

The Directoral Team

During several months in 2018 director Christian Stückl and his assistant director Abdullah Karaca auditioned all registered applicants and cast them in their various roles or duties. Extra auditions were held for the young talent to test the younger participants for aptitude, voice, and stage presence. Musical director Markus Zwink also held auditions for casting the Passion Choir, to identify the best voices in the village for the Passion Plays to come. The orchestra was also cast.
Passion Play Director
Christian Stückl
Assistant Director
Abdullah Karaca
Stage set and costumes
Stefan Hageneier
Musical Director
Markus Zwink