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'.

The Merchant Of Venice (1974)

Director: John Sichel
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett

Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright head the cast of The National Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's classic play. Read more

The Merry Wives Of Windsor (BBC) (1982)

Director: David Jones
Starring: Alan Bennett, Richard Griffiths, Prunella Scales, Judy Davis, Richard O'Callagha...

When Sir John Falstaff (Richard Griffiths) arrives in London short of cash he decides to court two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford (Judy Davis) a... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream (BBC) (1981)

Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Starring: Helen Mirren, Peter McEnery, Nigel Davenport

Stars Helen Mirren (Titania), Peter McEnery (Oberon) and Nigel Davenport (Theseus). Read more

Night, Mother (1986)

Director: Tom Moore
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Sissy Spacek, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins

Marsha Norman adapted her Pulitzer Prize winning play about a daughter (Sissy Spacek) who calmly informs her mother (Anne Bancroft) that she's about t... Read more

Pack Of Lies (1987)

Director: Anthony Page
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Teri Garr, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis

A stirring drama based on Hugh Whitemore's play about a true incident which happened in the lives of a London family in 1961. An espionage investigati... Read more

Prospero's Books (1991)

Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: John Gielgud, Michael Clark, Michel Blanc

Peter Greenaway stretches the boundaries of cinema with this unique version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. Combining 35mm and 16mm film, video 'paint... Read more

Salome's Last Dance (1988)

Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Glenda Jackson, Stratford Johns, Nickolas Grace

British eccentric director Ken Russell pays homage to another flamboyant creative artist, Oscar Wilde, in this colourful adaptation of Wilde's banned... Read more

Vanya On 42nd Street (1994)

Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Andre Gregory

Exhilarating and unusual filming of Anton Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' as scripted by David Mamet and directed by Louis Malle. A group of actors who once p... Read more

The Winter's Tale (1980)

Director: Jane Howell
Starring: Jeremy Kemp, Anna Calder-Marshall, John Welsh

This BBC production, widely regarded as the most outstanding of Shakespeare's later plays, stars Jeremy Kemp and Anna Calder-Marshall. Read more

Without You I'm Nothing (1990)

Director: John Boskovich
Starring: Sandra Bernhard, John Doe, Steve Antin, Ken Foree

An adaptation of Sandra Bernhard's one-woman off-Broadway show, in which she takes on a number of roles in order to examine American pop culture and t... Read more