The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

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113-117 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD
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01415530840
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About The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

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

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

Panopticon Picture House

Panopticon Picture House

28 June 2017
Join us at the Britannia Panopticon, the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema!
Silent Movie Night

Silent Movie Night

05 July 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall proudly presents silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag!
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

08 July 2017
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1917!
The Big Varieté

The Big Varieté

15 July 2017
The Britannia Panopticon showcases the latest oddities of the cabaret scene in The Big Varieté!
Laurel and Hardy Movie Night

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night

16 July 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's Laurel and Hardy Movie Night returns with a selection of classics!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

21 July 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Merchants of Magic

Merchants of Magic

22 July 2017
The Merchants of Magic, an amazing team of magicians, return to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on July 22nd!
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Life and Legend

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Life and Legend

22 July 2017
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Life and Legend is a new one-man play based on the life of the radical architect!
Chopin and Cake

Chopin and Cake

23 July 2017
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live Chopin piano music with tea, coffee & delicious cake at the Britannia Panopticon!
In the Mood - Swing Party

In the Mood - Swing Party

25 July 2017
Merchant City Festival: Be transported back to the bygone era of liquor and jazz at The Britannia Panopticon!
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

26 July 2017
Merchant City Festival: Come join us at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for our Mad Hatter's tea party!
Whisky Galore (1949) - Film Night

Whisky Galore (1949) - Film Night

27 July 2017
Merchant City Festival: Come enjoy a classic Scottish film in one of Glasgow’s oldest cinema buildings!
The Gatsby Club: Best of Cabaret Show

The Gatsby Club: Best of Cabaret Show

28 July 2017
Merchant City Festival: Scotland’s largest 1920s themed cabaret comes to The Britannia Panopticon for one night only!
The Raqs-Option Revue

The Raqs-Option Revue

29 July 2017
Merchant City Festival: Sarasvati Tribal presents The Raqs-Opticon Revue... a world of belly dance in one show!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

29 July 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

25 August 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

26 August 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Chopin and Cake

Chopin and Cake

27 August 2017
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live Chopin piano music with tea, coffee & delicious cake at the Britannia Panopticon!
Silent Movie Night

Silent Movie Night

06 September 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall proudly presents silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag!
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

09 September 2017
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1917!
Chopin and Cake

Chopin and Cake

24 September 2017
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live Chopin piano music with tea, coffee & delicious cake at the Britannia Panopticon!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

29 September 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

30 September 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

13 October 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

The 1917 Cine-Variety Show

14 October 2017
The 1917 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1917!
Silent Movie Night

Silent Movie Night

28 October 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall proudly presents silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

28 October 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

24 November 2017
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

25 November 2017
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!