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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'.

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

Anything Goes (1955)

6.2/10
Director: Robert Lewis
Starring: Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Jeanmarie, Mitzi Gaynor, Phil Harris

An effervescent musical comedy, based on the play by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, with Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor as Broadway stars on the look... Read more

Arms and the Man / The Man of Destiny (1989)

Director: Desmond Davis, James Cellan Jones
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Patsy Kensit, Dinsdale Landen, Kika Markham, Pip Torrens,...

First produced for the stage in 1894, 'Arms and the Man' established Shaw's reputation as one of London's great wits. Helena Bonham Carter is Raina,... Read more

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

8/10
Director: Frank Capra
Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Josephine Hull, Jean Ad...

An hilarious adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's hit play about two seemingly harmless old ladies who murder lonely gentlemen callers - out of the goodn... Read more

As You Like It (1936)

6/10
Director: Paul Czinner
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner

Filmed in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, this is his first filmed perfor... Read more

As You Like It (BBC) (1978)

6.3/10
Director: Basil Coleman
Starring: Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner, Richard Pasco

One of Shakespeare's favourites throughout the ages. A fairy tale of tangled love and political intrigue lavishly staged by Canada's renowned Stratfor... Read more

At War with the Army (1950)

5.8/10
Director: Hal Walker
Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen

In this, their first starring feature, Dean Martin plays a sergeant in girl trouble who tries to get Private First Class Jerry Lewis to help him out.... Read more

August: Osage County (2013)

7.2/10
Director: John Wells
Starring: Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Mer...

"August: Osage County" tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged... Read more