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Stage to Screen

It wouldn’t just be the actors themselves making the transition from the boards of West End to the big screen. Armed with the collected works of playwrights known the world over - from William Shakespeare to Joe Orton - Britain’s rich theatrical history was ripe for cinematic inspiration. Bringing to life the lavish operas, shadowy whodunnits and outrageous comedies formerly only seen following a pilgrimage to the playhouse - this collection reimagines the theatre experience in your own home.

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  • Loot

    This adaptation of Joe Orton’s extraordinarily funny cross between a farce and a detective story breaks endless taboos. A corpse is bundled into a cupboard and the coffin is filled with money stolen by two likely lads – one of whom dreams of opening a brothel.

  • Entertaining Mr Sloane

    Joe Orton’s delicious tale of suburban perversity, in which a lascivious landlady and her gay brother attempt to seduce the titular tenant, who happens to be a psychopath, was first staged in 1964 and adapted for the BBC in 1968. Two years later Douglas Hickox directed this feature film version, ...

  • Sparrows Can't Sing

    Theatre director Joan Littlewood's only feature paints a vivid picture of London's East End and its larger than life characters – so vivid, that it had to be subtitled for American audiences. When Charlie returns from two years at sea he finds his wife (a terrific performance by Barbara Windsor) ...

  • Stage Beauty

    Lively period drama set in 17th century London, based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Richard Eyre. Billy Crudup stars as Ned Kynaston, the brightest star in Restoration theatre. Since women are forbidden to appear on stage, the beautiful, brazen Ned is able to shine in all the gre...

  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    Based on Jacques Offenbach's opera, The Tales of Hoffmann takes viewers through three fantastical stories, regaled to us by narrator E.T.A. Hoffman who revisits the tales of his three loves; Olympia, an animated doll, Giuletta the Venetian courtesan, and Antonia, a singer's daughter hidden away f...

  • The Winslow Boy

    Exemplary adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, ostensibly about a naval cadet accused of stealing a postal order but predominantly concerned with the liberty of the individual. Savouring every word of Rattigan's immaculate dialogue, Robert Donat excels as defense counsel Sir Robert Morton, ou...

  • Billy Liar

    The era of the British New Wave came of age with John Schlesinger’s comedy, one of the enduring films from the movement that crucially combines humour and literary pedigree with its ‘kitchen sink’ realism.

  • Henry VIII and His Six Wives

    With his reign coming to an end, a dying Henry VIII looks back on his life and the six marriages that would go on to define him. The film looks back with the King, following his life from his marriage to a Spanish princess to the foundation of Protestantism, to the beheadings and divorces that wo...

  • Hoffman

    Peter Sellers gives a rare - and remarkable - dramatic performance as Benjamin Hoffman, a lonely middle-aged businessman who blackmails a beautiful young secretary (Sinead Cusack) into spending a week with him. But what begins as a seemingly sinister ordeal will slowly reveal itself to be an unco...

  • An Inspector Calls

    It is 1912, and the shadow of war looms over a wealthy family. As they celebrate their eldest daughter's engagement in their lavish Yorkshire manor, they're interrupted by an ominous police detective who is investigating a young woman's suicide, and what role each of them played in her death.

  • The Lion in Winter

    Christmas 1183. An elderly King Henry the Second (Peter O'Toole) is torn over naming his successor. He wants the young Prince John (Nigel Terry), one of his three sons, to take over, however, his wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn) wants another of his sons, Prince Richard the Lio...

  • Pink String and Sealing Wax

    Two worlds collide in this melodrama set in Victorian Brighton: a repressive household, run by a tyrannical chemist, and a sleazy tavern, presided over by a passionate landlady. The chemist's son (Gordon Jackson) finds himself, understandably enough, in thrall to the landlady (Googie Withers). Hi...

  • Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment

    Bizarre comedy of a working class artist who alienates his wife when he acts out his emotional affinities with gorillas.

  • The Halfway House

    A disparate group ñ a couple whose marriage is breaking down, a terminally ill conductor, grief-stricken parents ñ arrive at a Welsh country inn and discover that they have a year's grace to resolve their difficulties. WW2 witnessed the birth of the fantasy mini-genre where the supernatural admin...

  • Station Six Sahara

    In the searing Sahara heat tensions are on the rise between the five men at the station. Petty squabbles have started between the refined Captain Macey and the coarse Fletcher, and the generals base-enforced card game surfaces the competitive nature of the crew. Once a beautiful blonde is thrown ...

  • As You Like It

    Hiding out in an industrial wasteland from the murderous wrath of a regional ruler, a woman, disguised as a boy, gives wooing lessons to the edgy lad who proclaims he loves her. This gritty, urban reimagining by Christine Edzard transposes Shakespeare's rural comedy to London's Docklands, then un...

  • Coriolanus

    Shakespeareís Rome ñ a city of corruption and betrayal. At the head of power is Coriolanus (an incendiary Ralph Fiennes), a duplicitous and entitled war hero who imposes his extreme ideals and causes a mass riot. Banished from the city by its citizens, politicians, and even his own mother (Vaness...

  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

    Long before Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy, there was this lavish sprint through the lives and comic operas of the creators of The Mikado. Not all Gilliat's hopes were realised - he wanted more social history, and an easier flow between music and drama. But there's plenty still to feast on: winning per...