Oberammergau in a state of emergency – celebrity opening of the Passion Play

Oberammergau – A village in a state of emergency.

After a twelve-year break, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play (until October 2) opened with a service at 11 a.m. today. At 2:30 p.m., the first part of the approximately 5.5-hour performance of the passion and life story of Jesus started.

A spectacle of superlatives: around 2000 participants are on the pompous stage 110 times until October 2nd, the twenty main roles are all double cast. Gage for all participants: around 25 million euros.

Opening service: Cardinal Reinhard Marx (from left) with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and director Christian Stückl

Opening service: Cardinal Reinhard Marx (from left) with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and director Christian Stückl

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In 2010, the community of Oberammergau (approx. 5,200 inhabitants) profited from 25 million euros after taxes. Mayor Andreas Rödl (34, CSU) to BILD: “The games are our number one economic engine.”

Jesus is played at the premiere by Frederik Mayet (42), the lot decided for him and against Rochus Rückel (26, studies aerospace engineering).

The crucifixion scene from the rehearsal with Rochus Rückel

The crucifixion scene from the rehearsal with Jesus actor Rochus Rückel

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For the first time in the 388-year history of the Passion Play, the role of Judas is played by a Muslim: Cengiz Görür (22).

TV legend Uschi Glas with husband Dieter Herrmann

TV legend Uschi Glas with husband Dieter Herrmann

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And what can viewers expect from the almost six-hour long story of suffering? Game director Christian Stückl (60) said in advance: “Jesus will be louder again.”

Dieter Hallervorden with his fiancée Christiane Zander

Dieter Hallervorden with his fiancée Christiane Zander

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A large number of top-class guests from politics, show and business are present at the opening: including Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, the TV legends Uschi Glas, Jutta Speidel and Dieter Hallervorden, the actors Ben Becker, Dominic Raacke and Rufus Beck, presenter Frank Plasberg, Moderator Dunya Hayali and much more.

With mustache: actor Ben Becker

With mustache: actor Ben Becker

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