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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'.

The Balcony (1963)

6.1/10
Director: Joseph Strick
Starring: Lee Grant, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Falk, Ruby Dee, Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters is the madame of a house where customers play out their erotic fantasies, oblivious to a revolution which is sweeping the country. Whe... Read more

The Daughter (Blu-ray) (2015)

6.6/10
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

That Good Night (2017)

7.5/10
Director: Eric Styles
Starring: Charles Dance, John Hurt, Sofia Helin, Max Brown, Erin Richards

Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secre... Read more

Una (2016)

6.2/10
Director: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Tara Fitzgerald, Riz Ahmed, Rooney Mara

Opened out by David Harrower from his 2005 stage two-hander Blackbird, the first feature directed by the Australian stage director-dramatist Benedict... Read more

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

7.6/10
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

Dinner at Eight (1933)

7.8/10
Director: George Cukor
Starring: John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Ed...

Based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's Broadway hit, in which an elaborate dinner party reveals a web of intrigue and romance. With a sparkling... Read more

Fences (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

Some people build fences to keep people out - and other people build fences to keep people in. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis deliver the "performa... Read more

Moonlight (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders,...

This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-ye... Read more

Moonlight ( Blu-ray ) (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders,...

This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-ye... Read more

Detective Story (1951)

7.6/10
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Eleanor Parker, Kirk Douglas, William Bendix

Set amidst the hectic activity of a New York City police station, Kirk Douglas stars as the principled, rigid detective whose personal code has become... Read more