The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland is the oldest surviving music hall in the world.

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

About The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

113-117 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD
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Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard and H. M. McFarlane, it has hosted some of the biggest names on the Music hall circuit.

In 1906 Stan Laurel made his first stage appearance there on amateur night. In that same year A. E. Pickard bought the building and changed its name to the Panopticon. He also undertook some major works, installing a freak show, a roof top carnival and a waxworks. He also excavated the basement and installed an indoor zoo.

The Panopticon was one of the first buildings in Glasgow become powered by electricity and one of the first cinemas in Scotland. It closed in 1938 when it was sold to a tailors and converted to a workshop. It is currently being conserved by a trust who regularly perform traditional shows in the auditorium. It is now protected as a category A listed building.

Upcoming Events at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Mystery Room - The Mystery of the Three Wise Monkeys

Mystery Room - The Mystery of the Three Wise Monkeys

26th September 2018 - 31st October 2018
There's been a murder at the Britannia Panopticon! Can you solve 'The Mystery of the Three Wise Monkeys' before the time runs out?
Broadway Baby

Broadway Baby

28th September 2018
The Vesta Girls are proud to bring their BROADWAY BABY! show to the worlds oldest surviving music hall as they take over the September edition of Friday Night At The Panopticon!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

28th September 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

29th September 2018
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

3rd October 2018
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's Laurel and Hardy Movie Night returns with a selection of classics!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

13th October 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

19th October 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
Ghost Stories From Around The World

Ghost Stories From Around The World

20th October 2018
Come along to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for an evening of terrifying ghost stories and horror from around the world!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

26th October 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Silent Comedy Films

Silent Comedy Films

31st October 2018
Gladstone’s Bag present a programme of comedy films from the silent era, with music and sound effects at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

9th November 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

11th November 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

25th November 2018
Join The Floral Design Boutique again this year for a festive afternoon making a fab Christmas wreath for your door, with hot drinks, nibbles and all materials provided in an awesome Glasgow venue!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

30th November 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!

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