Riogordo’s Passion Play returns for Easter weekend

A scene from El Paso de Riogordo. / ON

Overseas residents get involved every year and this year is no different, with British couples and an Anglo-German family taking on roles

El Paso de Riogordo, or Riogordo’s Passion Play, will be back for the Easter weekend for the first time since 2019.

Although it was held to mark the seventieth anniversary in July 2021, it is the first time since 2019 that it will take place during Semana Santa (Holy Week).

The play will be performed at the El Paso outdoor theater in the village on Good Friday (15) and Saturday, April 16. The show will begin at 5 p.m. and will last approximately three hours.

El Paso tells the story of the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ in approximately 17 scenes and has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest. It has been practiced in the village since 1951 and has gained international recognition.

In recent years, the cast has included a handful of foreign residents and this year is no different. Once again locals from Riogordo, the British-German Burke family, who moved to the village in 2019, will take part, along with other Britons who have been long-term residents of the village, including Leila Lawson who, for many years, was “Woman of Jerusalem, third from the left”, as she puts it.

Tickets €10 (€7 for children and pensioners) at:, Pasatiempos bookshop, Torre del Mar or at the ticket office during the day.