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

Burns Night at the Panopticon

Burns Night at the Panopticon

25th January 2019 - 26th January 2019
Join the Britannia Panopticon on the 25th and 26th of January for an evening of comedy, music and whisky as they celebrate Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns!
For the Love of Music

For the Love of Music

8th February 2019
Come along and join Esperanza and much more for a night of music at the Classic Grand on Friday 8th February to help raise funds for the Britannia Panopticon!
Easter / Ostara Witchy Market

Easter / Ostara Witchy Market

9th March 2019 - 10th March 2019
Get ready for a Magical WEEKEND at the Britannia Panopticon when The Witch Market returns to celebrate Easter/Ostara!
Brain Access

Brain Access

16th March 2019
Glasgow Comedy Festival: Brandon Barrett, one of Britain’s best youngest magicians, presents BRAIN ACCESS - A magic show like no other at The Britannia Panopticon!
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Roll Up!

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Roll Up!

22nd March 2019
The Award Winning Socks are back with an hour of fire-breathing, tightrope-walking, juggling, magic and burlesque as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival 2019!
Cinderella: Gagging for a Ball

Cinderella: Gagging for a Ball

30th March 2019
PANTO AFTER DARK returns to the Britannia Panopticon with a special one night only event for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival - Cinderella: Gagging for a Ball!

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