A religious play representing the trials, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Performances of such plays are recorded in various parts of Europe from the early 13th century onwards, in Latin and in the vernaculars. Some formed part of the cycles of mystery plays, others were performed separately, usually on Good Friday. The most famous example today is the Oberammergauer Passionsspiel still performed by the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria at ten-year intervals; this custom originated in a vow made during an outbreak of plague in 1633.
Subjects: Theatre — Literature.