Almost no other venue in the world can look back on a theatrical tradition of over 400 years. The town of Oberammergau is renowned worldwide for the passion play that it produces every 10 years. Several years ago, the Passion Theater began staging many additional events between the years of the Passion Play including the Culture Summer fest.
The Passion Theater in Oberammergau
The Passion Theater, with approximately 4,800 seats, state-of-the-art technology, and fantastic acoustics is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary theater venues in Germany. It is also the largest open air stage with a roofed spectator area in the world. And with the addition of a sliding roof which was installed in 2009 , spectators can enjoy the feeling of an open air event, while both the actors and spectators are protected from inclement weather. Many biblical stories, such as "Moses" in 2013 and "Joseph and his Brothers" by Thomas Mann in 2011, have already been staged.
Well roared, Lion!
In the summer of 2014, when Play Director Christian Stückl staged William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Passion Theater for the first time, the motto was: "Well roared, Lion". Since this was also the first time that a cast from Oberammergau acted in a comedy, it was a double premier. A celebration of fireworks heralded the beginning of Culture Summer events in Oberammergau on its opening night in late June. In early August, the regional music of the "Heimatsound Festival" transformed the town and the Passion Theater into a kind of mini Woodstock. The festival, which celebrates authentic, popular music from the region, was virtually sold out with 5,000 visitors in 2014. The Culture Summer fest includes "Der Brandner Kaspar und das ewig' Leben", a Bavarian classic that has been playing with great success in Munich since 2005. The 2014 event concluded with Feridun Zaimoglu's biblical drama, "Moses".
You can find more information about the Culture Summer fest and purchase tickets at: www.passionstheater.de