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 Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (1939)

Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent...

A colourful and elaborate costume drama featuring fine performances from Bette Davis as an aging Queen Elizabeth I, and Errol Flynn as her flamboyant... Read more

The Quiet Duel (1949)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Kenjiro Uemura, Miki Sanjo, Chieko Nakakita

Toshiro Mifune's second film with director Akira Kurosawa casts him in the role of a young war-time doctor, who accidentally contracts syphillis while... Read more

The Riot Club (2014)

Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Freddie Fox, Natalie D...

At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to join The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club for the best and brightest. First years - and po... Read more

The Rose Tattoo (1955)

Director: Daniel Mann
Starring: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster

Anna Magnani won an Oscar for her portrayal of a Sicilian-born widow in a small Louisiana fishing town whose morbid faithfulness to her late husband i... Read more

The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

Director: Irving Lerner
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Michael Craig, Nigel Davenport, Robert Shaw

Setting off to find a fortune in the legendary Kingdom of Gold, prejudiced adventurer Robert Shaw encounters an admirable people and civilisation he w... Read more

The Seagull (2018)

Director: Michael Mayer
Starring: Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon...

An ageing actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one o... Read more

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Tom Ewell, Marilyn Monroe

While Hollywood censors carefully watched the filming of this notoriously racy production, Marilyn was pure perfection as a sexy, yet innocent, starle... Read more

The Shakespeare Collection: Series 1 (BBC) (1978)

Starring: Helen Mirren, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Alan Rickman

In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyal... Read more

The Skin Game (1931)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Helen Haye, C V France, Edmund Gwenn, John Longden

Early Hitchcock drama, based on John Galsworthy's popular stage play, that was decidedly atypical of the Master's subsequent suspensers. The aristocra... Read more

The Sunset Limited (2011)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

Adapted by Cormac McCarthy from his stage play, this philosophical made-for-cable drama finds characters named Black (Samuel L. Jackson) and White (To... Read more