Playing For His Life

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Written by John Peacock.

Already under Gestapo Surveillance, tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm, married but secretly homosexual, offends Hitler, by refusing to join the Nazi Party.

He believes himself to be safe as long as he remains Germany's number one and winning.

'But I must win.

I can't lose, and I can't quit.' He was left playing for his life.

Cast:

Gottfried Von Cramm - Geoffrey Streatfeild

Lisa Von Cramm - Paloma Baeza

Jutta Von Cramm - Frances Jeater

Joachim Von Ribbentrop - Sam Dale

Manasse Herbst - Nicholas Boulton

Bill Tilden Junior - William Hope

Commentator/Pate - Geoffrey Whitehead

Hermann Goering/Umpire - Simon Treves

Don Budge - Adam Unze

Lady Astor - Rachel Atkins

Henkel/David - James Joyce

Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm offends Hitler by refusing to join the Nazi party.

Already under Gestapo Surveillance, tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm, married but secretly homosexual, offends Hitler, by refusing to join the Nazi Party. He believes himself to be safe as long as he remains Germany's number one and winning. 'But I must win. I can't lose, and I can't quit.' He was left playing for his life.