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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'.

Home (1971)

6.6/10
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Starring: John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne, Warren Clarke

Two irrepressible legends of the British stage (Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson) lend elegance, wit and pathos in this made for television a... Read more

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

8.4/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton

Agatha Christie's play about a sensational London murder trial features great performances from Charles Laughton as the ageing lawyer, and from Tyrone... Read more

Jakob the Liar (1999)

6.5/10
Director: Peter Kassovitz
Starring: Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Michael Jeter, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lie...

In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War Ii, poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob Heym (Robin Williams) accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin... Read more

Peter Pan (2003)

6.9/10
Director: P J Hogan
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Briers, O...

Director P.J. Hogan's ('Muriel's Wedding') visually stunning adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic story follows 'the boy who wouldn't grow up' as he le... Read more

Stage Beauty (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, Ben Chaplin, Richard...

Adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher's play and based loosely on the life of Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup), a 17th century theatre star noted particularly for h... Read more

Inherit the Wind (1960)

8.2/10
Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

In this superb film based on the notorious Scopes Monkey trial, a biology teacher is put on trial for teaching the theory of evolution. The courtroom... Read more

Equus (1977)

7.2/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter

Richard Burton and Peter Firth in the film version of Peter Shaffer's play about a part-time stableboy who has blinded six horses. Burton, as the psyc... 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

Cosi (1995)

6.9/10
Director: Mark Joffe
Starring: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Aden Young, Colin F...

A budding theatre director is haggled into staging a bizarre version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at a psychiatric hospital. Adapted from the winning st... Read more

Mickybo and Me (2005)

7.3/10
Director: Terry Loane
Starring: John Jo McNeill, Niall Wright, Julie Walters, Adrian Dunbar

Set in the divided Belfast of 1970, this is the story of two young boys obsessed with 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. Based on Owen McCafferty'... Read more