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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 Ides of March (2011)

7.1/10
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Giama...

Ryan Gosling stars in this tense political thriller as a talented, optimistic staffer campaigning for a Democratic presidential candidate (George Cloo... Read more

Rabbit Hole (2010)

7/10
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman

Powerful adaptation of the play by David Lindsay-Abaire stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a married couple whose lives are shattered when their... Read more

Alan Bennett at the BBC (2010)

Director: David Hinton, Giles Foster, John Schlesinger, Malcolm Mowbray, Richard Eyre, Stephen Frears, Stuart Burge, Udayan Prasad, Jonathan Stedall
Starring: Alan Bates, Alan Bennett, Daniel-Day Lewis, James Fox, Janet McTeer, Jim Broadbe...

Alan Bennett is one of Britain's most popular and prolific authors and playwrights. He initially wrote for the stage, but found that with his observan... Read more

Blessed (2009)

6.8/10
Director: Ana Kokkinos
Starring: Deborra-Lee Furness, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Victoria Haralabidou, Willi...

A tender and stirring portrayal of a single day from two very different perspectives. Seven children wander the streets in an urban odyssey but not al... Read more

Good (2008)

6.2/10
Director: Vicente Amorim
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Strong,...

Viggo Mortensen is the bespectacled Professor Halder, living in 1930s Germany with a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from... Read more

The Anton Chekhov Collection (2008)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Bill Paterson, David Warner, Eileen Atkins, Ian Holm, Janet Suz...

This collection includes productions of Chekhov's greatest plays. The one-act "The Proposal" (1959) finds rich families building wealth through marria... Read more

Easy Virtue (2008)

6.7/10
Director: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Katherine Parkinson...

An entertaining adaptation of Noel Coward's play, set in 1929 and starring Jessica Biel as the brash American divorcee who shocks the prim English fam... Read more

She Stoops to Conquer (2008)

7.6/10
Director: Tony Britten
Starring: Polly Hemingway, Miles Jupp, Roy Marsden, Ian Redford, Susannah Fielding, Mark D...

Oliver Goldsmith's classic comedy of manners, tells of the clever schemes and comic ruses that unfold one night at a country house. An ambitious step-... Read more

The Women (2008)

4.9/10
Director: Diane English
Starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette M...

A modern re-telling of George Cukor's classic 1939 film, based on Clare Booth Luce's play. A close-knit group of female friends find their neat suburb... Read more

Doubt ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7.5/10
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Outstanding performances highlight John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his award-winning stage play. At a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, scandal and... Read more