Tickets for the performances this season have already been sold out — that is, sold out to tour operators and packagers. The only way to see the Passion Play is to purchase a package that includes at least a night in Oberammagau with meals included. (The meals are important, since the play lasts all afternoon and evening with a break for dinner. Without a meal plan, the spectators would never get fed in time to return to the performance.)
The 2010 Passion Play premiere is on Saturday, May 15, 2010. From that point the play takes place a total of 102 times, five days a week with no performances on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each performance begins in the afternoon between 2:30 and 5 p.m. Dinner is served at hotels and then the final part of the play starts at 8 p.m. and ends at around 10:30 p.m.
The Passion Play website has details on tour operators who can arrange for tickets to performances, meals and lodging. Expect to pay between $660 and $1,275 for a two-night package with room and meals per person and between $500 $900 for one-night packages.
Note: Many of these tour operators include Passion Play tickets with other multi-day tours through Europe. Make reservations NOW. Some of the operators, such as American Express, have already sold out the late summer, September and October packages.