The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland 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

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

25th November 2018
Join The Floral Design Boutique again this year for a festive afternoon making a fab Christmas wreath for your door, with hot drinks, nibbles and all materials provided in an awesome Glasgow venue!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

30th November 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
A night of Comedy with Weegie Hink Ae That?

A night of Comedy with Weegie Hink Ae That?

30th November 2018
Celebrate St Andrew's day with 'Weegie Hink Ae That?' on the 30th November as they help raise funds for the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall!
Snow Queens

Snow Queens

7th December 2018
Wrap up warm and join The Vesta Girls and Special Guests as they take you through a winter wonderland of comedy and music with some of your favourite winter hits!
Victorian Christmas Fayre

Victorian Christmas Fayre

7th December 2018
Visit the Victorian Christmas Fayre at the Britannia Panopticon on December 7th and get into the festive spirit!
The Drag-Opticon Show

The Drag-Opticon Show

14th December 2018
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 Glasgow Christmas Markets return to George Square & St Enoch Square again for 2018 offering a wide selection of festive delights!
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Visit House of Fraser, Buchanan Street on Thursday 22nd November, for their annual Christmas light switch on, a must-see event!
We Will Rock You
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Ashton Lane Winter Wonderland!
This charming west end lane is being transformed into a magical winter wonderland as Santa and his reindeer fly in for a visit on Sunday 25th November!
Super Market Christmas
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