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
01415530840
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Website
Follow britpanopticon on Twitter
Facebook information can be found here

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.

All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

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!
Read more

More Theatres in Glasgow

Citizens Theatre

Citizens Theatre

119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow South Side G5 9DS

The home of great theatre in Glasgow. See www.citz.co.uk for shows & project info. Box Office 0141 429 0022We present a mixture of contemporary versions...
Read more

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre

12 Rose Street, Glasgow City Centre G3 6RB

Glasgow Film Theatre is an independent cinema in Glasgow showing over 600 great films each year an is also home of the Glasgow Film Festival!
Read more

Tron Theatre

Tron Theatre

63 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HB

The Tron Theatre has been a familiar landmark in Glasgow's Merchant City area for centuries and a popular cultural venue for over twenty years.
Read more

Oran Mor

Oran Mor

Oran Mor Byres Road, Glasgow West End G12 8QX

Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Òran Mór, Gaelic for 'great melody of life' or 'big song', is a thriving arts & entertainment venue in the heart of Glasgow's West End!
Read more

Magnum Leisure Centre

Magnum Leisure Centre

Magnum Leisure Centre Harbourside, Irvine KA12 8PP

Leisure PoolLeisure Pool with main pool, children's beach area, lazy river, family slides and teaching pool.Health SuiteIncludes a Sauna and Steam Cabin...
Read more

The Tower Digital Arts Centre

The Tower Digital Arts Centre

79-81 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh G84 8TG

The Tower in Helensburgh is a new centre dedicated to Arts & Digital learning, development & performance. Located in the heart of the town on Sinclair...
Read more

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 3DB

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offer expert training in music, drama, dance, technical & production arts and screen. We offer short courses, summer...
Read more

Cottiers

Cottiers

93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow West End G11 5PU

Cottiers is a historic building located in the heart of Glasgow's West end that boasts a recently renovated theatre, restaurant and bar.
Read more

Fort Theatre

Fort Theatre

Fort Theatre Kenmure Avenue, Bishopbriggs G64 2DW

The Fort Theatre is home to the Antonine Theatre Group who perform at least two full-length plays and a pantomime per season. Cabaret nights are also a regular feature in the theatre group's calendar.
Read more

The Old Fruitmarket

The Old Fruitmarket

The Old Fruitmarket Candleriggs, Glasgow City Centre G1 1NQ

Prepare to be caught under the spell of Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow's Centre for Music, as soon as you walk through its doors!
Read more

All Theatres listings in Glasgow

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

itison Drive-In Movies
itison Drive In Movies is back with a bang and they're ready to give you the best day you've ever had inside your car!
SWG3 Phase 2 Galvanizers Yard
SWG3's Galvanizers Yard is set to be transformed into a massive outdoor food and drink venue every Thursday to Sunday!
Blochairn Car Boot Sale
Browse the stalls and bag yourself a bargain at the weekly City Markets car boot sale in Blochairn!
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
Using actors and 3D special effects, this amazing show is guaranteed to thrill you and your children! Don't miss Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain at the Theatre Royal Glasgow in March!
Cranside Kitchen
Cranside Kitchen is a new free-to-enter outdoor venue, open seven days a week with a food market and beer garden located at Rotunda North!

Popular Venues

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The SSE Hydro