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Nazis: The Road to Power

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The story of how in just 13 years, Hitler led a fringe sect with less than a hundred members and outlandish ideas to be the dominant force in German politics.
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Hitler is now Chancellor but what matters is that Hermann Goring is Minister of the Interior with 50,000 policemen at his disposal. They immediately crack down on all Communists, placing their Members of Parliament into ‘protective custody’ – detention for their own safety – in a new camp near a Bavarian village called Dachau. But when the Reichstag, the Parliament Building, catches fire, Hitler decides this Red Uprising must be nipped in the bud. But who started the fire? Starring Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler, Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer, Scott Karim as Hermann Göring and featuring Oscar Batterham as Rudolf Diels, Head of the Prussian Political Police. The company: Ernst Röhm & Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - OSCAR BATTERHAM Gottfried Feder & Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL King Ludwig & Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB Dorothy Thompson - LAURA DONNELLY Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Kaiser Wilhelm & Karl Alexander von Müller - NICHOLAS FARRELL Leni Hanfstaengl & Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Hermann Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Else Janke & Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY Oskar von Hindenburg - JACK LASKEY Sinclair Lewis - FORBES MASSON Kurt Eisner & Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Captain Mayr - TOBY STEPHENS Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS General Ludendorff and Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Executive Producer – EDWARD CROZIER Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
15. Forwards with God

15. Forwards with God

2023-02-2725:59

With Franz von Papen now willing to act as Vice Chancellor, alongside Hitler as Chancellor, can he convince Alfred Hugenberg to bring his 51 Nationalist MPs into coalition with the Nazi Party? Von Papen believes that together they will box Hitler in, that they will be “hiring him” – in fact, the Nazis demand is for merely two cabinet seats. But suddenly there’s talk of a military coup to forestall this - will President Hindenburg finally agree to appoint Hitler as Chancellor? Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler, Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer, and featuring Forbes Masson as Alfred Hugenberg and Edward Bennett as Otto von Meissner, the President’s Chief of Staff. Cast: President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Oskar von Hindenburg & Theodor Duesterberg - JACK LASKEY Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY Alfred Hugenberg – FORBES MASSON Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
The current Chancellor, General Kurt von Schleicher, and the previous, Franz von Papen, are both determined to unseat each other – once allies, they are now sworn enemies, plotting in corridors. President Hindenburg would rather see von Papen restored to the post but, like von Schleicher, he cannot form a governing majority. Meanwhile the President’s son, Oskar, once a close friend of von Schleicher, starts to see a way through...and it involves the Nazi Party. Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Jack Laskey as Oskar von Hindenburg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Aditomiwa Edun as Sefton Delmer. Cast: President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI Oskar von Hindenburg - JACK LASKEY Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
By 1932, the Nazis have 230 Members of Parliament, the largest single group but no-one will invite them into coalition and President Hindenburg refuses to even contemplate appointing Hitler as Chancellor. Yet Hitler flatly refuses any arrangement where he is not Chancellor – Vice-Chancellor will not suffice. But so many of his party members, his stormtroopers have been waiting for government jobs, government salaries – they’re pushing hard for the compromise. Can Hitler hold them off for long enough to secure total power? Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Scott Karim as Hermann Goring, Andrew Woodall as von Schleicher, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Aditomiwa Edun as the Daily Express Berlin Correspondent, Sefton Delmer. Cast: President Hindenberg - DEREK JACOBI Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Oskar von Hindenberg - JACK LASKEY Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
When Hitler encounters an elegant, divorced woman at his Berlin hotel, he finds that he is unexpectedly drawn to her. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t know is that Magda Quandt is already involved with his Head of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. But that isn’t Goebbels’ only headache: the first great love of Magda’s life was Chaim Arlosoroff, fervent Zionist. Nevertheless Hitler’s Deputy, Rudolf Hess, can see a perfect compromise: if Joseph and Magda marry, she will thus become the perfect companion for a Führer who is ‘married to Germany’. Starring Shanaya Rafaat as Magda Goebbels, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring George Kemp as Rudolf Hess. Cast: Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Other parts were played by: JOSEPH ALESSI, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
11. Germany is My Wife

11. Germany is My Wife

2023-02-1323:361

Hitler’s strange dealings with the opposite sex come into sharp focus when his niece, aged 23, living in Hitler’s apartment, shoots herself. Geli first moved in when she was 18 but from that moment on, Hitler refuses to let her go out on her own, even chaperoned. He nurtures hopes that she will become an opera singer and, enraged by the very idea, refuses her permission to marry. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Was it an accident? Starring Melody Grove as Anni Winter, Hitler’s housekeeper, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Tanvi Virmani as Geli Raubal. Cast: Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Other parts were played by: JOSEPH ALESSI, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
10. The Little Man

10. The Little Man

2023-02-0826:35

On the first sitting of the new Reichstag, the 107 Nazi Members of Parliament deliberately create chaos. But with the Nazis now the second largest group in Parliament, foreign newspapers have to start taking Hitler seriously – even if he can be hard to pin down. Rarely rising before 11am, and not often in his office, he’s more usually to be found in a nearby café, cramming his face with cream cakes. One way or another, Dorothy must land an interview with him. Starring Laura Donnelly as Dorothy Thompson, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and Corey Johnson as Putzi Hanfstaengl. Cast: Dorothy Thompson - LAURA DONNELLY Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Sinclair Lewis - FORBES MASSON Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, MELODY GROVE, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
By 1929, Berlin may be cross-dressing and dancing to jazz but governments still rise and fall with banana-republican regularity. As Chief Foreign Correspondent for the New York Post, it’s Dorothy Thompson’s job to report on this maelstrom. And in Berlin she meets (and too quickly marries) Sinclair Lewis, novelist, alcoholic and soon-to-be Nobel Laureate. Meanwhile, Joseph Goebbels, now Party District Chief for Berlin is generating daily street disturbances, Jewish-owned department stores are one of his favourite targets. And now forced to choose between Hitler’s Nationalism and Strasser’s Socialism, which way will he jump? Starring Laura Donnelly as Dorothy Thompson, Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and Forbes Masson as Sinclair Lewis. Cast: Dorothy Thompson - LAURA DONNELLY Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Heinrich Himmler - OSCAR BATTERHAM Sefton Delmer - ADITOMIWA EDUN Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Sinclair Lewis - FORBES MASSON Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, MELODY GROVE, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY, MICHAEL MALONEY, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
8. The Big Lie

8. The Big Lie

2023-02-0127:08

Released after just six months in prison, Hitler must now renounce violence and vow that the Nazi Party will seek power through the ballot box. But his speeches are still vitriolic and he is soon banned from public speaking again. Goebbels is drawn deeper into the party faction who advocate the Socialist in ‘National Socialist’ but how will he react when Hitler personally writes to him, seeking to bring him closer to his own standpoint? And will it mean the end of his relationship with Else? Starring Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Joseph Alessi as Gregor Strasser, leader of the Nazis’ Socialist faction. Cast: Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - OSCAR BATTERHAM Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL Otto von Lossow - NICHOLAS FARRELL Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Else Janke - SORCHA KENNEDY Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, FORBES MASSON and MICHAEL MALONEY The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
Far away in the Rhineland, 26-year-old Joseph Goebbels has a PhD, an unpublished novel and a half-Jewish girlfriend, Else Janke. But he finds himself drawn to the Nazi Party and Hitler’s rhetoric. Every day in his diary (undiscovered until this century) he records his excitement as he reads about Hitler defending himself – the latter is now on trial in Munich for his totally unsuccessful coup. Given free rein by a clearly sympathetic judge, Hitler is fast turning the courtroom into his own bully pulpit. Starring Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Sorcha Kennedy as Else Cast: Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL Otto von Lossow - NICHOLAS FARRELL Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Else Janke - SORCHA KENNEDY Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, JACK LASKEY, FORBES MASSON and MICHAEL MALONEY The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
In what became known as the Beer Hall Putsch, the Nazis seize power in Munich, now intending to march on Berlin and announce a national dictatorship led by Hitler. But first they must take control of all the police forces and the infantry barracks, and it’s essential they shut down the telephone exchange and radio transmitters. It is a night of chaos. And is the Army really on their side or do they have their own coup planned? Starring Corey Johnson as Putzi Hanfstaengl, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Andrew Woodall as General von Ludendorff, hero of WWI. Cast: Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Gustav Ritter von Kahr - MICHAEL MALONEY Ulrich Graf - FORBES MASSON General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, GEORGE KEMP, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY and LYNNE MILLER The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
Footloose in Munich, Harvard-educated Putzi Hanfstaengl finds himself drawn in by Hitler’s charisma, quickly becoming one of his entourage, partly thanks to his enthusiastic piano-playing. But with the whole country in the grip of hyperinflation - pushing wheelbarrows of money to pay for a single loaf of bread - there is a call for a more drastic step: a coup against the federal government. Are the Nazis ready? Can they wait any longer? Starring Corey Johnson as Putzi Hanfstaengl, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Michael Moloney as Gustav von Kahr, Bavarian State Commissioner. Cast: Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice - OSCAR BATTERHAM Leni Hanfstaengl - MELODY GROVE Herman Göring - SCOTT KARIM Gustav Ritter von Kahr - MICHAEL MALONEY Ulrich Graf - FORBES MASSON General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL Other parts were played by: EDWARD BENNETT, WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, GEORGE KEMP, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY and LYNNE MILLER The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
When a merger with other nationalist parties is suggested, Hitler – effectively the Nazi Party’s only source of revenue – threatens resignation if he is not given total, unquestioning control over every aspect of the party. He uses this to establish the paramilitary Storm Division led by Captain Ernst Röhm, the ‘Machine Gun King of Bavaria’. So when Mussolini takes power in Italy in October 1922, everyone is asking: when will Hitler launch his own coup? Starring Nancy Carroll as Helene Bechstein, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Edward Bennett as Gottfried Feder, the Nazi Party’s first economist, and Joseph Alessi as Ernst Röhm. Cast: Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI Karl Harrer - OSCAR BATTERHAM Gottfried Feder - EDWARD BENNETT Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Anton Drexler - JACK LASKEY Other parts were played by: WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, SCOTT KARIM, SORCHA KENNEDY, MICHAEL MALONEY, FORBES MASSON, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
3. My Little Wolf

3. My Little Wolf

2023-01-1627:51

Hitler has a gift for oratory and party membership is growing: every week he draws a larger crowd. The party formally changes its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party – soon everyone will be calling it Na-Zi for short. But in his speeches, Hitler still reserves his vilest attacks for the ‘November Traitors’, namely any politician who signed the Versailles Treaty and plunged Germany into third-class status. But all this campaigning costs: will Helene Bechstein, whose husband inherited the piano company, be able to help? Starring Nancy Carroll as Helene Bechstein, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Edward Bennett as Gottfried Feder, the Nazi Party’s first economist, and Joseph Alessi as Ernst Röhm, Commander of the SA. Cast: Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Ernst Röhm - JOSEPH ALESSI Karl Harrer - OSCAR BATTERHAM Gottfried Feder - EDWARD BENNETT Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Anton Drexler - JACK LASKEY Other parts were played by: WILLIAM CHUBB, NICHOLAS FARRELL, SCOTT KARIM, SORCHA KENNEDY, MICHAEL MALONEY, FORBES MASSON, LYNNE MILLER and ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
2. I Can Speak

2. I Can Speak

2023-01-1224:171

Once the revolution is crushed, Army Intelligence looks around for soldiers who might be able to influence their comrades, steer them away from all this Bolshevik nonsense. And that’s how Corporal Adolf Hitler starts making speeches – it seems he has quite a talent for it. Even his old platoon members are amazed to see him transformed. He is also sent to observe one of the many fringe political parties, to check they’re not getting too subversive. The German Workers Party has less than forty members and meets in a grimy room at the back of a grimy restaurant. The army orders him to join: Adolf Hitler becomes Party Member 55. Starring Toby Stephens as Captain Mayr, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and featuring Jack Laskey as Anton Drexler, founding Chairman of the German Workers Party. Cast: Captain Mayr - TOBY STEPHENS Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Gottfried Feder - EDWARD BENNETT King Ludwig - WILLIAM CHUBB Kaiser Wilhelm - NICHOLAS FARRELL President Hindenberg - DEREK JACOBI Kurt Eisner - MICHAEL MALONEY General Ludendorff - ANDREW WOODALL Other parts were played by: JOSEPH ALESSI, OSCAR BATTERHAM, SCOTT KARIM, GEORGE KEMP, SORCHA KENNEDY, JACK LASKEY, FORBES MASSON and LYNNE MILLER The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
From the producers of NUREMBERG, the story of how in just thirteen years, Adolf Hitler led a fringe group with outlandish proposals and less than a hundred members to be the dominant force in German politics. It is also about the forgotten players from these early years who played crucial roles in the Nazi Party's rise to power. This new scripted podcast takes listeners into the intrigues, the personalities, the knife-edge decisions which would ultimately lead to forty million dead in the world’s greatest catastrophe. Starring Derek Jacobi as President Hindenburg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels, Toby Stephens, Nancy Carroll, Laura Donnelly and Juliet Stevenson as the Narrator. Cast: Ernst Röhm & Gregor Strasser - JOSEPH ALESSI Emil Maurice & Rudolf Diels - OSCAR BATTERHAM Gottfried Feder & Otto Meissner - EDWARD BENNETT Helene Bechstein - NANCY CARROLL King Ludwig & Franz von Papen - WILLIAM CHUBB Dorothy Thompson - LAURA DONNELLY Sefton Delmer - TOMIWA EDUN Kaiser Wilhelm & Karl Alexander von Müller - NICHOLAS FARRELL Leni Hanfstaengl & Anni Winter - MELODY GROVE President Hindenburg - DEREK JACOBI Putzi Hanfastaengl - COREY JOHNSON Hermann Göring - SCOTT KARIM Rudolf Hess - GEORGE KEMP Else Janke & Mimi Reiter - SORCHA KENNEDY Oskar von Hindenberg & Theodor Duesterberg- JACK LASKEY Sinclair Lewis & Alfred Hugenberg - FORBES MASSON Kurt Eisner & Joachim von Ribbentrop - MICHAEL MALONEY Hermine Hoffman - LYNNE MILLER Adolf Hitler - TOM MOTHERSDALE Magda Goebbels - SHANAYA RAFAAT Captain Mayr - TOBY STEPHENS Geli Raubal - TANVI VIRMANI Joseph Goebbels - ALEXANDER VLAHOS General Ludendorff and Kurt von Schleicher - ANDREW WOODALL The Narrator is JULIET STEVENSON Sound designer – ADAM WOODHAMS Studio Manager – MARK SMITH Casting Director – GINNY SCHILLER Original Score – METAPHOR MUSIC Writer and Director – JONATHAN MYERSON Producer – NICHOLAS NEWTON A Promenade Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
From the producers of Nuremberg, the story of how in just 13 years, Adolf Hitler led a fringe sect with less than a hundred members and outlandish ideas to be the dominant force in German politics. It is also about the forgotten players from these early years who played crucial roles in the Nazi Party's rise to power. This new scripted podcast takes listeners into the intrigues, the personalities, the knife-edge decisions which would ultimately lead to forty million dead in the world’s greatest catastrophe. Starring Sir Derek Jacobi as President Hindenberg, Tom Mothersdale as Adolf Hitler and Alexander Vlahos as Joseph Goebbels. With Toby Stephens, Nancy Carroll, Laura Donnelly and Juliet Stevenson as the Narrator. Written and directed by Jonathan Myerson. Producer - Nicholas Newton. A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
Comments (3)

Blastabout

it's weird that Hitler has a British accent.Love the podcast though!!

Jan 25th
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Fleetwood McDuecen25

Wow! Another "Nazi's rise to power story"! Really?

Jan 20th
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