New Faces: The First Finney

Audiences who fill London's Cambridge Theater to see a play called Billy Liar do well to mind their manners. Not long ago, the young leading actor turned on a chattering group in the stalls and said: "I'm up here working, so if you won't shut up, go home. And if you don't, I'm going home." No one left, for the audience had come to see Albert Finney, 24, who has been widely heralded in Britain as "the second Olivier."

Finney has two seasons at Stratford-on-Avon already behind him. As Olivier's understudy there, he...

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