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February 17, 2010 06:44 ET

Munich Holidaymakers Set For Rare Dramatic Treat

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - Octopus Travel are advising visitors to book theatre tickets, travel and Munich hotels as early as possible if they want to see this year's famous Passion Play Theatre In Oberammergau.

Holidaymakers heading to Munich this summer will have the rare chance to attend a spectacular dramatic ceremony involving more than half the population of a small German town.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is a large-scale dramatisation of the story of Jesus of Nazareth. The production involves over 2,000 actors, musicians, dancers, and production crew from the small town of Oberammergau, near Munich.

Every time it is staged, hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the 4,800-seater Passion Play Theatre In Oberammergau to see this hugely impressive, seven-hour-long stage production.

The play is only staged once every decade, and is going to be directed this year by Christian Stückl, the director from Munich's renowned Volkstheater, who also directed the 2000 production.

It tells the story of the last weeks of the life of Christ. The play begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues with his crucifixion at the hands of the Romans, and ends with his resurrection.

There will be 102 performances between mid May and early October. Performances begin at 2.30 and end at 10.30pm, with a three-hour break for dinner.

A spokesperson for Octopus Travel said "The Oberammergau Passion Play is a huge draw for visitors from all over the world, and it is expected to attract over 500,000 theatregoers this year."

"It really is rare to see a dramatic, open-air production on this scale, and this year's production is set to be the most spectacular to date. The theatre itself is amazing, with an enclosed audience area and an exposed stage, which allows the local landscape to provide a stunning background for the elaborate sets."

"The tickets are expected to sell out quickly, and with so many visitors expected, we would anticipate that demand for hotels in and around Munich area will be very high indeed this summer."

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