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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'.

Wait Until Dark (1967)

7.8/10
Director: Terence Young
Starring: Alan Arkin, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Weston, Richard Crenna

Classic suspense story stars Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized in her apartment by crooks looking for a doll given to her by her husband that... Read more

Waterloo Bridge (1940)

7.8/10
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson

The second of three adaptations of Robert E Sherwood's acclaimed play, this 1940 film was noticably dampened by the omnipotent Motion Picture Producti... Read more

We're No Angels (1955)

7.5/10
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Leo G Carroll, Basil Rathbone, Joan Be...

This entertaining black comedy would be the last collaboration of Humphrey Bogart with director Michael Curtiz. Not best-known for his comedic work, B... Read more

What's in a Name? ( Le prenom ) (2012)

7.3/10
Director: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de La Patelliere
Starring: Charles Berling, Francoise Fabian, Valerie Benguigui, Patrick Bruel, Judith El Z...

A.k.a. "Le prénom". Vincent (Patrick Bruel), a successful forty-something Parisian businessman, is about to become a father for the first time. He is... Read more

Who Laughs Last?: A Documentary About Roger Hall (2006)

8.5/10
Director: Shirley Horrocks
Starring: Peter Elliott, John Clarke, Ginette McDonald, Fiona Samuel, Roger Hall, Grant Ti...

One of New Zealand's best known playwrights, Roger Hall has been tickling the kiwi funnybone for 30 years. This documentary from Shirley Horrocks inv... Read more

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

8.1/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Based on Edward Albee's smash hit play; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in the story of the love-hate relationship between a middle-aged prof... Read more

Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

7.4/10
Director: John Badham
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti

Richard Dreyfuss is phenomenal as a sculptor who is left a quadriplegic after a car accident and decides that he wants to be allowed to die, a choice... Read more

Wit (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Jonathan M Wood...

Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson) is an English professor with a biting wit that educates but also alienates her students. With her teaching and life bot... Read more

Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

6.8/10
Director: John Boskovich
Starring: Sandra Bernhard, John Doe, Steve Antin, Ken Foree

An adaptation of Sandra Bernhard's one-woman off-Broadway show, in which she takes on a number of roles in order to examine American pop culture and t... Read more

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

8.4/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton

Agatha Christie's play about a sensational London murder trial features great performances from Charles Laughton as the ageing lawyer, and from Tyrone... Read more