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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'.

Edward II (1992)

7/10
Director: Derek Jarman
Starring: Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan

Derek Jarman uses Christopher Marlowe's classic play about the 14th century monarch for this daring cinematic treatise on gay love and its place in th... Read more

Equus (1977)

7.2/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter

Richard Burton and Peter Firth in the film version of Peter Shaffer's play about a part-time stableboy who has blinded six horses. Burton, as the psyc... Read more

Extremities (1986)

6.3/10
Director: Robert M Young
Starring: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Diana Scarwid

In a riveting performance that stunned critics and audiences alike, Farrah Fawcett is the heart and soul of this edge-of-your-seat suspense drama abou... Read more

Face to Face (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Sigrid Thornton, Vince Colosimo, Luke Ford, Matthew Newton

A young construction worker rams into the back of his boss's expensive sports car in a fit of anger at being sacked. Rather than fronting court, he's... Read more

Fences (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

Some people build fences to keep people out - and other people build fences to keep people in. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis deliver the "performa... Read more

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

7.4/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich Von Stroheim, Peter Van Eyck

Filmed almost concurrently with events in North Africa during WWII, Billy Wilder's take on the propaganda genre is adapted from WWI play, 'Hotel Imper... Read more

Fool for Love (1985)

6.1/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Kim Basinger, Randy Quaid, Sam Shepard

The minimalist, barren landscapes energize the smothering, claustrophobic interiors of Sam Shepard's play in this Robert Altman adaptation. Starring S... Read more

Forbidden Planet (1956)

7.6/10
Director: Fred M Wilcox
Starring: Robby the Robot, Warren Stevens, Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis

'The best of the science fiction interstellar productions of the fifties', according to Pauline Kael. The action takes place in the year 2257 on the p... Read more

Frost / Nixon (2008)

7.7/10
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oli...

Three years after the Watergate scandal forced him from office, Nixon finally broke his silence on the matter, speaking to jet-setting young journalis... Read more

Frost / Nixon ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7.7/10
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jone...

Three years after the Watergate scandal forced him from office, Nixon finally broke his silence on the matter, speaking to jet-setting young journalis... Read more