The Peacock Theatre - the death of H.C. Lumbye
From the very beginning pantomimes were an integral part of Tivoli's programme. The current theatre was erected in 1874 and is therefore the oldest, original building in the gardens and preserved by law. The motto "Shared joy with the people" engraved in Chinese letters above the stage, is perfectly suited for Tivoli.
The popular music director Hans Lumbye was in charge of the music in Tivoli from the very start in 1843. A violinist and a composer, he wrote about 800 pieces of music. Many of the compositions were written exclusively for Tivoli, for example the world famous piece, the Champagne Galop. During winter time Lumbye toured with his orchestra in Denmark and abroad. In Germany he was known as Strauss of the North.