THE PANTOMIME THEATRE and TIVOLI BALLET THEATRE
The Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli is so unique that you won't find another theatre similar to it around the world. This also applies to the classic pantomime performances. The oldest of the performances with its Danish traditions dates back well over 200 years. In all the pantomimes, the story is based around the young lovers Harlequin and Columbine who must fight for their love, whilst Columbine's father Cassander and his servant, the white clown Pierrot, do their utmost to prevent this from happening. The original pantomime tradition was founded from the 400 year old Italian Commedia dell Arte farces from the Renaissance.
The Pantomime Theatre is Tivoli Ballet Theatre's main stage in the Summer Season. The ballet company has a total of 16 pantomime performances in its repertoire, most dating back from 1850's, as well as wide variety of classical and modern works. Choreographers include August Bournonville, Tim Rushton, Yuri Possokhov and Paul James Rooney. Since 2001 choreographer Dinna Bjørn, set designer Queen Margrethe II and composer James Price have created a number of family ballets based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales such as The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Tinder-Box. For more information please click here.
Tivoli Ballet School performs open classes on the iconic stage as well as the school's annual end of year performance.