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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 Normal Heart (2014)

7.9/10
Director: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer

The story of a community, a city, and a nation confronted with an epidemic that few wanted to acknowledge. The Normal Heart follows a group of gay act... Read more

Venus in Fur (2013)

7.2/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

Welcome to Roman Polanskis hall of mirrors. David Ive's play Venus in Fur is a two-hander, set in a theatre, about a director auditioning an actress... Read more

The Collection ( Harold Pinter ) (1976)

6.1/10
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Alan Bates, Helen Mirren, Laurence Olivier, Malcolm McDowell

Set in the rarefied world of West End boutique owners and fashion designers, The Collection takes as its departure point, the moment when four elegant... Read more

Othello (Welles) (1952)

6.9/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Macliammoir, Robert Coote

Shot entirely out of sequence over four years because of budget difficulties, this would be one of the most fascinating attempts at Shakespeare ever f... Read more

British Intelligence (1940)

6/10
Director: Terry Morse
Starring: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, Leonard Mudie, Holmes Herbert, Au...

Made during the early part of the Second World War (when England was enduring constant air assaults and other threats), and set during the First World... Read more

August: Osage County (2013)

7.2/10
Director: John Wells
Starring: Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Mer...

"August: Osage County" tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged... Read more

What's in a Name? ( Le prenom ) (2012)

7.3/10
Director: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de La Patelliere
Starring: Charles Berling, Francoise Fabian, Valerie Benguigui, Patrick Bruel, Judith El Z...

A.k.a. "Le prénom". Vincent (Patrick Bruel), a successful forty-something Parisian businessman, is about to become a father for the first time. He is... Read more

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

6.9/10
Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Jonathan Silverman, Judith Ivey

New York, the 1930s...and a young man's mind is on the Yankees and sex (not necessarily in that order), as well as trying to deal with his argumentati... Read more

The Visit (1964)

7.7/10
Director: Bernhard Wicki
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, Paolo Stoppa, Irina Demick

Karla Zachanassian (Ingrid Bergman) had a child by Serge Miller (Anthony Quinn) as a teenager. When Serge refused to marry her, she was driven out of... Read more

The Jazz Singer ( Blu-ray ) (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more