Half a Million Lamps

 

But the Barn was far from finished: onto the scene came the enterprising, larger than life, actor, impresario and clown, Edward Giovanelli.  In 1861, with his Alexandra Theatre, and enhancing the enormous Leviathan dancing platform with half a million lamps, he took the Barn into its most spectacular era, adding the Royal label for good measure. 

Vocals: Henry Busiakiewicz
Keyboards: Richard Rhys O’Brien

Lyrics

Edward Giovanelli, remember my name, brings you all the thrills and the hurrahs
I’m a clown, I’m an actor, impresario too, Highbury Barn welcomes the stars
It’s the grand opening of 1862, I’ve built an amazing music hall
Just took seven weeks but it glitters and it’s smart, I can entertain you all
And if that’s not enough, for the grandees of Highbury
We’ve built a new stage for the plays
Alexandra Theatre, Royal Highbury Barn Gardens, open every day
You will gasp as you see the tightrope walkers, balancing high in the air
The Female Blondin, Leotard too, you will remember you were there
And come and be amazed by the Leviathan Platform, dance into the night
Lit by half a million lamps, you’ve never seen such light
Edward Giovanelli, remember my name, brings you all the thrills and the hurrahs
I’m a clown, I’m an actor, impresario too, Highbury Barn will outshine the stars