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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'.

The Honey Pot (1967)

7/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Capucine, Cliff Robertson, Maggie Smith, Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward

Rex Harrison stars as international playboy Cecil Fox, who decides to pretend he's dying in order to find out what his three old flames will do. He su... Read more

The House of Yes (1997)

6.7/10
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling

Focuses on a supremely dysfunctional family. When Marty (Josh Hamilton) brings home his waitress girlfriend for thanksgiving weekend it becomes clear... Read more

The Iceman Cometh (1973)

7.4/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Lee Marvin, Fredric March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges, Bradford Dillman

In the faded light of Harry Hope's 1912 New York skid row bar, a rag tag group of fallen men, each like a ghost haunting the wreckage of his own life,... Read more

The Ides of March (2011)

7.1/10
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Giama...

Ryan Gosling stars in this tense political thriller as a talented, optimistic staffer campaigning for a Democratic presidential candidate (George Cloo... Read more

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

6.9/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Wilkinson, Franc...

Sublime reworking of Oscar Wilde's timeless comedy from director Oliver Parker ('An Ideal Husband') features flashbacks and fantasy sequences to enhan... Read more

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

7.6/10
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison

Oscar Wilde's play took over 57 years to reach the big screen but it was worth the wait. A colourful theatrical film about mating rituals in Great Bri... Read more

The Jazz Singer (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more

The Jazz Singer ( Blu-ray ) (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more

The Jazz Singer (Special Edition) (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more

The Judi Dench Collection (1991)

Director: Anthony Page, Christopher Morahan, Michael Darlow, Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Norman Wisdom, Fulton MacKay, Michael C Williams, M...

This collection contains a selection of sterling performances from Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, including: 'Talking to a Stranger' (1966) ba... Read more