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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.

Upcoming Events at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Drag-Opticon

Selected dates between 2nd February 2024 - 7th June 2024

Drag-Opticon is the monthly live drag show at the Britannia Panopticon which showcases the best of the Glasgow Drag scene!

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The Panopticon Comedy Club

Selected dates between 9th February 2024 - 14th June 2024

Catch a phenomenal night of comedy with a dazzling array of acts including comedy singers who get the crowd involved and a well-known headliner at the Britannia Panopticon!

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The Laurel Awards

Selected dates between 15th June 2024 - 13th July 2024

The Laurel Awards are a new competition for comedians to showcase their best 5 minutes with a grand finale being held at The Britannia Panopticon on Saturday 13th July!

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A Night of Ghosts

10th August 2024

Join Ash Price and Des O'Gorman for an interactive night of spooky entertainment at The Britannia Panopticon on Saturday 10th August!

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