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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'.

Beckett On Film: Volume 1 ( inc. Waiting For Godot ) (2000)

3.6/10
Director: Charles Sturridge, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Neil Jordan, Kieron J Walsh
Starring: Stephen Brennan, Barry McGovern, Julianne Moore, David Kelly, Milo O'Shea, Jerem...

Derived from the Gate Theatre Dublin's performances, this acclaimed 'Beckett on Film' project brings together a collection of films from the distingui... Read more

Beckett On Film: Volume 2 (2000)

3.6/10
Director: Atom Egoyan, Karel Reisz, Damien O'Donnell, John Crowley, Walter Asmus
Starring: John Hurt, Sean McGinley, Gary Lewis, Anna Massey, Sian Phillips

Derived from the Gate Theatre Dublin's performances, this acclaimed 'Beckett on Film' project brings together a collection of films from the distingui... Read more

Beckett On Film: Volume 3 (2000)

3.6/10
Director: David Mamet, Patricia Rozema, Katie Mitchell, Damien Hirst, Charles Garrad
Starring: Richard Johnson, Harold Pinter, Rebecca Pidgeon, John Gielgud, Jim Norton, Timot...

Derived from the Gate Theatre Dublin's performances, this acclaimed 'Beckett on Film' project brings together a collection of films from the distingui... Read more

Beckett On Film: Volume 4 (2000)

3.6/10
Director: Anthony Minghella, Richard Eyre, Conor McPherson, Robin Lefevre, Enda Hughes
Starring: Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Jean Anderson, Marcello Magni, Pat Kinevane, Step...

Derived from the Gate Theatre Dublin's performances, this acclaimed 'Beckett on Film' project brings together a collection of films from the distingui... Read more

Before You Go (2001)

5.7/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Julie Walters, John Hannah, Joanne Whalley, Patricia Hodge, Victoria Hamilton, T...

Directed by veteran British filmmaker Lewis Gilbert ('Shirley Valentine', 'Educating Rita'), 'Before You Go' is based on Shelagh Stephenson's play 'Th... Read more

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

6.9/10
Director: Richard Quine
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Janice Ru...

About-to-be-married publisher James Stewart finds himself smitten with Kim Novak, but is shocked to find out she's a witch! Jack Lemmon, Hermione Ging... Read more

Bernard Shaw Collection: Vol. 1 (1989)

Director: David Jones, Desmond Davis, Herbert Wise, James Cellan Jones
Starring: Coral Browne, Penelope Wilton, James Grout, Derek Godfrey, Robert Powell, Helena...

This collection of BBC adaptations brings to life the memorable characterizations, brilliant command of language, and dazzling wit of Bernard Shaw's c... Read more

Bernard Shaw Collection: Vol. 2 (1972)

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

Bernard Shaw sits among the great playwrights of the English language; this collection brings together five of his classic plays as adapted by the BBC... Read more

Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

6.3/10
Director: Charles Walters
Starring: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger

This Rodgers and Hart musical was nominated for an Oscar for its score, and stars Doris Day and Jimmy Durante as circus owners who are going down the... Read more

Blessed (2009)

6.8/10
Director: Ana Kokkinos
Starring: Deborra-Lee Furness, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Victoria Haralabidou, Willi...

A tender and stirring portrayal of a single day from two very different perspectives. Seven children wander the streets in an urban odyssey but not al... Read more