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'.

Timelock (1957)

Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Robert Ayres, Robert Beatty, Betty McDowell, Lee Patterson, Sean Connery

A textbook example of how a talented director and cast can do a lot with a little. Lensed in Canada, the story gets under way when a child is accident... Read more

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

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

Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli) ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Leonard Whiting, Michael York, Milo O'Shea, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery

One of the most popular film adaptations of Shakespeare's classic, the recipient of international acclaim and four Academy Award nominations. Starring... Read more

If There Weren't Any Blacks You'd Have to Invent Them (1968)

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Leonard Rossiter, Richard Beckinsale, Michael Bryant, Geoffrey Bayl...

This release brings together both London Weekend Television productions of Johnny Speight's bleakly comic allegorical play whose overarching theme, as... Read more

Lost in the Stars (1973)

Director: Daniel Mann
Starring: Brock Peters, Clifton Davis, Melba Moore, Raymond St Jacques

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical "Lost in the Stars" is based on Alan Paton's classic novel "Cry, The Beloved Country". This film, like the s... Read more

The Daughter (Blu-ray) (2015)

Director: Simon Stone
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill, Paul Schneider, Ewen Leslie, Anna Torv,...

"The Daughter" comes bearing literary cred as a loose adaptation of Ibsens 1884 play The Wild Duck. It trades in a Norwegian backdrop for an econom... Read more

Switching Channels (1988)

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson

A modern take on 'His Girl Friday' which in turn was an adaptation of '20s play 'The Front Page'. Kathleen Turner takes the lead as a fiesty cable ne... Read more

The Hasty Heart (1949)

Director: Vincent Sherman
Starring: Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd

In Burma on the penultimate day of World War II, Cameron Highlander Lachlan 'Lachie' MacLachlan is seriously wounded and transported to a local milita... Read more

Beckett On Film: Volume 4 (2000)

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

Auntie Mame (1958)

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