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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'.

A Good Woman (2004)

6.5/10
Director: Mike Barker
Starring: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbe...

One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, 'Lady Windermere's Fan', is moved to '30s New York. Helen Hunt is Mrs Erlynne, the widow living comfortably o... Read more

Forbidden Planet (1956)

7.6/10
Director: Fred M Wilcox
Starring: Robby the Robot, Warren Stevens, Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis

'The best of the science fiction interstellar productions of the fifties', according to Pauline Kael. The action takes place in the year 2257 on the p... Read more

Titus (1999)

7.2/10
Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Harry Lennix

"Titus Andronicus", Shakespeare's first tragedy, is given striking treatment by director Julie Taymor, who melds ancient settings with modern accoutre... Read more

Driving Miss Daisy (1990)

4.5/10
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

The Oscar-winning adaptation of Alfred Uhry's play about a wealthy Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. It covers the period from the late forties th... Read more

The Lion in Winter (1968)

8.1/10
Director: Anthony Harvey
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Peter O'Toole, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Tim...

Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn tear strips off one another in this grand historical drama about 12th Century King Henry II choosing an heir to th... Read more

Angels in America (2003)

8.3/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Jeffrey Wright, Jame...

Mike Nichols' landmark filming of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part drama ("Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes") follow... Read more

No. 2 (2006)

5/10
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Mia Blake, Ruby Dee, Taungaroa Emile, Rene Naufahu, Tuva Novotny, Miriama McDowe...

Nana Maria (Ruby Dee) is a feisty eighty-something matriarch who decides to host a family get-together to announce the heir to her estate. Not as eas... Read more

Alan Bennett - The Complete Talking Heads (2005)

Starring: Alan Bennett, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters

Alan Bennett's award-winning monologues, produced as two series for the BBC, are now available in their entirety on this 3 disc set. Delivered by the... Read more

Death and the Maiden (1995)

7.3/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson

Roman Polanski's intense film of Ariel Dorfman's play stars Sigourney Weaver as a South American woman who believes that her lawyer husband's associat... Read more

Noises Off (1992)

7.5/10
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, Mar...

This energetic filming of Michael Frayn's play is an outrageously funny look at love, lies and deceit that takes place behind the scenes as a group of... Read more