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Since 1634 the residents of the tiny village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian alps have performed a Passion Play. It takes place from May to October every ten years and attracts half a million visitors. It is no small production, it lasts for five hours with over two thousand villagers acting, singing as well as playing in the orchestra and stage managing. The impact on the village is enormous as it has to accommodate the tourists who come from all over the world. John McCarthy travels to Oberammergau to look behind the scenes of one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions and find out from the locals how they cope with running businesses and catering for the guests as well as performing in the play.

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Sat 12 Jun 2010 10:00