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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'.

Auntie Mame (1958)

8/10
Director: Morton DaCosta
Starring: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne

Rosalind Russell re-creates her Broadway triumph as the flashy, lovably eccentric socialite who takes her orphaned nephew under her wing and shows him... Read more

Barefoot in the Park (1967)

7/10
Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Charles Boyer, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Mildred Natwick

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in this breezy film adaptation of the Neil Simon comedy about newly weds living in a five-story walk-up apartment.... Read more

Becket (1964)

8/10
Director: Peter Glenville
Starring: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud

Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole star in this grand historical drama adapted from the Jean Anouilh play about the tumultuous relationship of an archbi... Read more

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