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

The Drag-Opticon Halloween Special

The Drag-Opticon Halloween Special

1st October 2021 - 2nd October 2021

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

The Panopticon Comedy Club

Selected dates between 29th October 2021 - 26th November 2021

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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Nosferatu

Nosferatu

31st October 2021

Gladstone's Bag return to The Britannia Panopticon this Halloween with a screening of the silent horror classic, Nosferatu, featuring a live musical orchestra!
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Drag-Opticon

Drag-Opticon

Selected dates between 5th November 2021

Join Alana Duvey, Dharma Geddon and friends for Drag-Opticon the monthly live drag show at the Britannia Panopticon which showcases the best of the Glasgow Drag scene!
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The Big Variety

The Big Variety

12th November 2021

The Big Variety at the Britannia Panopticon is back with a bang, celebrating the return of live performance after their sold out debut in March 2020!
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Drag-Opticon Holiday Spectacular

Drag-Opticon Holiday Spectacular

3rd December 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year and Drag-Opticon is getting into the festive spirit with a Holiday Spectacular at the Britannia Panopticon!
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