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Alice's Playhouse

In Alice's Playhouse you will discover an exceptional collection of feature films adapted from some of the most celebrated plays ever written. Often featuring towering performances, outstanding direction and exceptional writing, this collection is a superb archive of contemporary drama masterfully transferred to the silver screen. Filmizations of The Bard's work may be scrolled via the 'Shakespeare' sub-feature in green on the left, along with other notable playwrights who have been adapted for celluloid. For adaptations of novels and short stories, check the 'Special Interest' link and click on 'Based on...' Right: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax during the filming of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Gil Junger
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan...

This teen comedy, loosely patterned after 'The Taming of the Shrew', concerns the would-be suitors of a girl forbidden to start dating before her sull... Read more

1918 (1985)

6.3/10
Director: Ken Harrison
Starring: Matthew Broderick

While an influenza epidemic is sweeping America, young men everywhere are succumbing to the patriotic fervor fanned by the flames of World War I. In a... Read more

A Chorus of Disapproval (1989)

5.8/10
Director: Michael Winner
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Seagrove, Jeremy Irons, Patsy Kensit, Prunella Scales, Ri...

The film version of the hilarious Alan Ayckbourn stage play. Jeremy Irons is the protagonist who stirs up all sorts of intrigue in a small town when h... Read more

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (1972)

6.9/10
Director: Peter Medak
Starring: Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, Peter Bowles, Sheila Gish

The plight of an English couple struggling to raise a disabled child is given a darkly humorous treatment in this English comedy-drama. Based on Peter... Read more

A Doll's House (Bloom) (1973)

6.5/10
Director: Patrick Garland
Starring: Claire Bloom, Ralph Richardson, Anthony Hopkins, Denholm Elliott, Edith Evans, A...

A strong version of Henrik Ibsen's play about a woman's struggle for independence against her husband's will. Nora Helmer (Claire Bloom) risks destruc... Read more

A Doll's House (Fonda) (1973)

6.5/10
Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Jane Fonda, Trevor Howard, David Warner, Edward Fox

Jane Fonda stars as Nora in Joseph Losey's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play. Nora risks destruction in order to save her husband's health, an... Read more

A Few Good Men (1993)

7.7/10
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

Navy lawyer (Tom Cruise) is driven to investigate the case of two marines who killed a compatriot. Jack Nicholson plays the commanding officer who doe... Read more

A Good Woman (2004)

6.5/10
Director: Mike Barker
Starring: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbe...

One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, 'Lady Windermere's Fan', is moved to '30s New York. Helen Hunt is Mrs Erlynne, the widow living comfortably o... Read more

A Huey P Newton Story (2001)

7.1/10
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Roger Guenveur Smith

An intimate portrait of Huey P. Newton, the late co-founder of the Black Panther Party. Director Spike Lee and Roger Guenveur Smith bring Newton's tho... Read more

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

7.9/10
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Wendy Hiller, John Hurt, Leo McKern, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, S...

Adapted by Robert Bolt and Constance Willis from Bolt's hit stage play, this is a literate, penetrating treatment of the conflict between Thomas More... Read more