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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'.

Macbeth - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Mark Brozel
Starring: James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson, Toby Kebbell, Vincent Regan, Richard...

Shakespeare's Scottish play is skilfully transferred to a modern day restaurant where chef Joe Macbeth (James McAvoy) has worked hard to make Duncan D... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Ed Fraiman
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small, Zoe Tapper, Dean Len...

Polly (Imelda Staunton) and Theo (Bill Paterson) have come to Dream Park to celebrate the engagement of their daughter in this updated BBC version of... Read more

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Tom Ellis, Billie Piper, Martin Jarvis, Olivia Colma...

Set in the contemporary world of broadcasting, Beatrice (Sarah Parish) is an ambitious anchor who finds herself back working with detested 'old flame'... Read more

The Taming of the Shrew - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: David Richards
Starring: Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Jaime Murray, Stephen Tompkinson, Twiggy, Davi...

Katherine (Shirley Henderson) is a successful politician with a chance at the party leadership, but her abrasive temper has left her a 38-year-old sin... Read more

Edmond (2005)

6.3/10
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: William H Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Bai Ling, Jeffrey Combs, Denise Rich...

Frustrated city mouse Edmond Burke (William H Macy) hates his wife, his job and he desperately wants to get laid. After a fortune-teller tells him hi... Read more

Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

7.6/10
Director: Hank Rogerson

At the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky some well-behaved prisoners are taking part in the Shakespeare program. This year, t... Read more

Proof (2005)

6.8/10
Director: John Madden
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis

Gwyneth Paltrow reprises her West End stage role as Catherine, the daughter of math genius, Anthony Hopkins. Before her father died he began to slip... 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

Lackawanna Blues (2005)

7.9/10
Director: George C Wolfe
Starring: S Epatha Merkerson, Julie Benz, Robert A Bradley, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Kathlee...

Based on a one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (played by Hill Harper) this is the inspiring story of Nanny Crosby (S. Epatha Merkerson) a big-heart... 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