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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'.

Blithe Spirit (1945)

7.2/10
Director: David Lean
Starring: Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford

David Lean adapts Noel Coward once again ('This Happy Breed', 'Brief Encounter') with excellent results. Rex Harrison is an author writing a book on... Read more

Boom! (1968)

5.6/10
Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noel Coward

Hollywood royalty Taylor and Burton star in this outrageous tale of the richest woman in the world, kept company in her last days by an equally indulg... Read more

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

6.9/10
Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Jonathan Silverman, Judith Ivey

New York, the 1930s...and a young man's mind is on the Yankees and sex (not necessarily in that order), as well as trying to deal with his argumentati... Read more

Brilliant Lies (1996)

6/10
Director: Richard Franklin
Starring: Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Zoe Carides

Real-life couple Gia Carides and Anthony La Paglia get to pull out each other's hair in this rigorous adaptation of David Williamson's meaty stage pla... Read more

British Intelligence (1940)

6/10
Director: Terry Morse
Starring: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, Leonard Mudie, Holmes Herbert, Au...

Made during the early part of the Second World War (when England was enduring constant air assaults and other threats), and set during the First World... Read more

Bug (2006)

6.1/10
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr, Lynn Collins

Ashley Judd is a lonely waitress holed up in a decrepit motel who lives in constant fear of her ex-husband (Harry Connick, Jr.). She begins to feel ho... Read more

Butterflies are Free (1972)

7.2/10
Director: Milton Katselas
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Heckart, Edward Albert

A sensitive, touching comedy about a blind young man (Edward Albert) who is determined to make a life for himself despite his handicap. Good performan... Read more

C S Lewis Through the Shadowlands ( aka Shadowlands ) (1985)

Director: Norman Stone
Starring: Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, David Waller

Aka "Shadowlands". A real-life incident involving two major literary figures was dramatized for British television in 1985 under the title 'Shadowland... Read more

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

6.4/10
Director: Gabriel Pascal
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

George Bernard Shaw's exuberantly witty play about Rome's titanic leader and Egypt's young queen was transferred to the big screen with stars Vivien L... Read more

Carnage (2011)

7.2/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz

After a playground scuffle between two boys results in one losing some teeth, the injured lad's parents (Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly) invite the othe... Read more