The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) located at the end of Argyle Street in Glasgow's Trongate 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.

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Upcoming Events at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Grease Singalong

Grease Singalong

11th July 2020

Come and singalong to your favourite songs from the hit musical Grease at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on July 11th!
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The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

Selected dates between 31st July 2020 - 28th August 2020

Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
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The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

Selected dates between 7th August 2020 - 6th November 2020

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene with The Drag-Opticon Show!
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The Drag-Opticon Halloween Special

The Drag-Opticon Halloween Special

2nd October 2020 - 3rd October 2020

The Drag-Opticon Show returns to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall with not one but two Halloween Special shows!
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The Bitches of Eastwick

The Bitches of Eastwick

31st October 2020

Don't miss a Halloween Drag Parody of The Witches of Eastwick at The Britannia Panopticon produced and presented by 'Scotlands Premier Theatrical Drag Troupe', The VESTA Girls!
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The Drag-Opticon Show Holiday Special

The Drag-Opticon Show Holiday Special

4th December 2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year and Drag-Opticon is getting into the festive spirit with a Holiday Special!
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Selected dates between 12th December 2020 - 20th December 2020

This Christmas, The Britannia Panopticon in association with The Vesta Girls present the giant of a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk!
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Jack Off The Beanstalk

Jack Off The Beanstalk

17th December 2020

This Christmas, The Britannia Panopticon in association with The Vesta Girls present a special panto, just for adults!
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