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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'.

Uncle Vanya (1962)

7.2/10
Director: Stuart Burge
Starring: Joan Plowright, Laurence Olivier, Max Adrian, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike

The film of the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Anton Chekhov's play. Chekhov's portrayal of the frustrations and disillusi... Read more

The Diary of Anne Frank ( Blu-ray ) (1959)

7.4/10
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Diane Baker, Ed Wynn, Joseph Schildkraut, Lou Jacobi, Millie Perkins, Richard Be...

One of the most gripping and heartfelt stories to emerge from the Holocaust, this magnificent adaptation of the acclaimed play is based on the writing... Read more

The Galton and Simpson Playhouse (1977)

Director: Duncan Wood
Starring: Anton Diffring, Arthur Lowe, Charles Gray, Freddie Jones, Leonard Rossiter, Mona...

British comedy writing maestros Ray Galton and Alan Simpson ('Hancock's Half Hour', 'Steptoe and Son') created the 'Playhouse' series in the late Seve... 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

M Butterfly (1993)

6.8/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Ian Richardson

Inspired by the true story and based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Henry Hwang, about the bizarrely extended relationship between a French d... Read more

Pink String and Sealing Wax (1946)

6.7/10
Director: Robert Hamer
Starring: Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Gordon Jackson, Sally Ann Howes

Belying its whimsical title, this Victorian era thriller tells the story of an adulterous wife who hatches a cunning plan to kill her abusive husband... Read more

A Doll's House (Bloom) (1973)

6.5/10
Director: Patrick Garland
Starring: Claire Bloom, Ralph Richardson, Anthony Hopkins, Denholm Elliott, Edith Evans, A...

A strong version of Henrik Ibsen's play about a woman's struggle for independence against her husband's will. Nora Helmer (Claire Bloom) risks destruc... 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

No Sex Please - We're British (1973)

5.4/10
Director: Cliff Owen
Starring: Arthur Lowe, Beryl Reid, Ronnie Corbett, Ian Ogilvy

Nervous Ronnie Corbett is a bank clerk who is thrown into confusion when a parcel of dirty postcards arrives at the bank. His employer, bombastically... Read more

She Stoops to Conquer (2003)

7.8/10
Director: Max Stafford-Clark, Robin Lough
Starring: Nigel Cooke, Fritha Goodey, Bella Merlin, Stephen Beresford, Matthew Sim, Jane W...

Recorded live at The Theatre Royal in Bath, Oliver Goldsmith's classic comedy of manners tells of the clever schemes and comic ruses that unfold one n... Read more