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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'.

Alan Bennett at the BBC (2010)

Director: David Hinton, Giles Foster, John Schlesinger, Malcolm Mowbray, Richard Eyre, Stephen Frears, Stuart Burge, Udayan Prasad, Jonathan Stedall
Starring: Alan Bates, Alan Bennett, Daniel-Day Lewis, James Fox, Janet McTeer, Jim Broadbe...

Alan Bennett is one of Britain's most popular and prolific authors and playwrights. He initially wrote for the stage, but found that with his observan... Read more

Alice in Wonderland (1983)

7.2/10
Director: Kirk Browning
Starring: Richard Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Donald O'Connor, Kate Burton, Nathan Lane, Fri...

From the elaborate broadway revival of the 1932 Eva Le Gallienne/Florida Friebus production comes a whimsical retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic.... Read more

All Night Long (1961)

5.9/10
Director: Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Charles Ming...

Directed by Basil Dearden and set in London's jazz scene of the 1950s, this atmospheric updating of Shakespeare's 'Othello' features appearances by so... Read more

An Ideal Husband (1999)

6.9/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

Devoted womaniser and partygoer Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett) is famed for his elegance, repartee and refusal to take anything seriously. When called... Read more

Anarchy ( aka Cymbeline ) (2014)

6.6/10
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Penn Badgley, Kevin Corrigan, Peter Gerety, Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johns...

Aka 'Cymbeline'. This gritty and intense crime drama is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's late tragic work of innocence lost and jealousy avenged... Read more

Anastasia (1956)

7.1/10
Director: Anatole Litvak
Starring: Akim Tamiroff, Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Martita Hunt, Natalie S...

Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her performance in this strange but engrossing story about Czar Nicholas' missing daughter Anastasia. Yul Brynner is a... Read more

Angels in America (2003)

8.3/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Jeffrey Wright, Jame...

Mike Nichols' landmark filming of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part drama ("Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes") follow... Read more

Anna Christie (1930)

6.9/10
Director: Clarence Brown, Jacques Feyder
Starring: Charles Bickford, Marie Dressler, Greta Garbo, George F Marion, Theo Shall, Hans...

Along with the director and cinematographer, Garbo was nominated for an Oscar in her first 'talkie' role in this rivetting adaptation of Eugene O'Neil... Read more

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

7.5/10
Director: Charles Jarrott
Starring: Genevieve Bujold, Richard Burton, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas, John Colicos

The ill-fated romance of King Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, is recounted in this lavish drama. The king's (Richard Burton) o... Read more

Antony And Cleopatra (BBC) (1981)

5.9/10
Director: Jonathan Miller
Starring: Colin Blakely, Janet Key, Jane Lapotaire, John Paul, Esmond Knight, Ian Charleso...

Colin Blakely and Jan Lapataire star in this BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's passionate tale. Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire... Read more