PLAYING Jesus has been a life-changing event for two men who portray him on the cross this year in a centuries-old passion play in a tiny, mountain-ringed Bavarian village.
Frederik Mayet and Andreas Richter are sharing the role in the Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed every decade since 1634.
Last performed in 2000, the play is a moving depiction of the last days, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This summer the play will be performed 102 times between May 15 and October 3.
It will be watched by 470,000 people from across the world and tickets are still available.
One package, with tour operator Dertour, includes tickets for the play and a short break in Munich, the Bavarian capital.
The play is remarkable because 2,500 of the village’s 5,200 inhabitants are involved.
Only those born in the village or those who have lived there for at least 20 years can become involved and they have been in rehearsal since November.
Details of tour options, packages and operators are listed on the www.oberammergau-passion.com site.
Dertour offers an £829 package, with three nights' B&B in Munich, one night's full board in Oberammergau, tickets to the play use of a free shuttle service between Oberammergau and Ettal and entrance to Oberammergau Museum, return BA flights ex-Heathrow and return rail transfers from Munich. Valid for travel from May 18 and 25.
Dertour reservations: 020 729 0111 and www.dertour.co.uk.