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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