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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 Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)

6.5/10
Director: Leslie Norman
Starring: Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, Richard Todd, David McCallum, Ronald Fraser

A film based on the successful play by Willis Hall about a British patrol in Burma who are determined to kill an innocent Japanese prisoner in a mad r... Read more

The Lower Depths (1957)

7.5/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Ganjiro Nakamada

Adapted from a play by Maxim Gorky and following the adventures of a boarding home's odd residents, especially the love triangle that develops between... Read more

The Madness Of King George (1994)

7.2/10
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Graves, Rupert E...

A film version of Alan Bennett's play about the life of one of Britain's most eccentric kings, George III. After thirty years on the throne, George (N... Read more

The Matchmaker (1958)

7/10
Director: Joseph Anthony
Starring: Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Ford

In this early adaptation of Thornton Wilder's hit Broadway play, we meet matchmaker Dolly Levi (Shirley Booth), who is always good at arranging things... Read more

The Merchant of Venice (2004)

7.1/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris M...

Al Pacino takes the lead role of Shylock the moneylender in one of Shakespeare's most searing plays, with Jeremy Irons as the melancholy Antonio who o... Read more

The Merchant Of Venice (1974)

7.1/10
Director: John Sichel
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett

Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright head the cast of The National Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's classic play. Read more

The Merry Wives Of Windsor (BBC) (1982)

7.3/10
Director: David Jones
Starring: Alan Bennett, Richard Griffiths, Prunella Scales, Judy Davis, Richard O'Callagha...

When Sir John Falstaff (Richard Griffiths) arrives in London short of cash he decides to court two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford (Judy Davis) a... Read more

The Method (2005)

7.3/10
Director: Marcelo Pineyro
Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernandez, Pablo Echarri, Ernesto Alterio,...

A cutting corporate satire from Spain, based on a famous play by Jordi Galceran, it features seven job applicants who turn up for an interview and fin... Read more

The Millionairess (1960)

5.5/10
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers, Alastair Sim, Dennis Price, Vittorio De Sica

George Bernard Shaw's aceribic play served as the basis for this romantic satire starring Sophia Loren as a fabulously wealthy beauty who tires of men... Read more

The Millionairess (1972) / The Apple Cart (1975)

Director: William Slater, Cedric Messina
Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Baker, Charles Gray, James Villiers, Helen Mirren, Prunella Sc...

George Bernard Shaw's brilliant farce on the true relationships between class, capital, power and labour stars Maggie Smith as Epifania, glamourous, c... Read more