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

Thursday Tales

Thursday Tales

19th July 2018
Join The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for Thursday Tales, a fun story hour for kids in the worlds oldest surviving music hall!
Merchants of Magic

Merchants of Magic

21st July 2018
The Merchants of Magic, an amazing team of magicians, return to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on July 21st!
Thursday Tales

Thursday Tales

26th July 2018
Join The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for Thursday Tales, a fun story hour for kids in the worlds oldest surviving music hall!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

27th July 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

28th July 2018
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast

28th July 2018
Scotland's Rocky Horror shadowcast, and the only active Shadowcast in the UK, the Denton Deviants are bringing the Timewarp to the world's oldest surviving music hall!
Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

1st August 2018
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's Laurel and Hardy Movie Night returns with a selection of classics!
Thursday Tales

Thursday Tales

2nd August 2018
Join The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for Thursday Tales, a fun story hour for kids in the worlds oldest surviving music hall!
The Great Big Horror Gameshow

The Great Big Horror Gameshow

2nd August 2018
Pub quiz meets panel gameshow with a terrifying twist at The Great Big Horror Gameshow... a unique opportunity to flex your horror mind muscles!
Thursday Tales

Thursday Tales

9th August 2018
Join The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for Thursday Tales, a fun story hour for kids in the worlds oldest surviving music hall!
Mr Ken Dee

Mr Ken Dee

10th August 2018 - 11th August 2018
Mr Ken Dee makes his first appearance in Glasgow at The Britannia Panopticon promising a dazzling parade of wickedly comical female impersonations and awe inspiring tributes!
Gladstone’s Bag present ‘An Afternoon at the Movies’

Gladstone’s Bag present ‘An Afternoon at the Movies’

12th August 2018
Gladstone's Bag present a programme of popular music from classic films such as Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Frozen and many more at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

17th August 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

25th August 2018
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

31st August 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Silent Comedy Films

Silent Comedy Films

5th September 2018
Gladstone’s Bag present a programme of comedy films from the silent era, with music and sound effects at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Great Big Horror Gameshow

The Great Big Horror Gameshow

6th September 2018
Pub quiz meets panel gameshow with a terrifying twist at The Great Big Horror Gameshow... a unique opportunity to flex your horror mind muscles!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

14th September 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

15th September 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

28th September 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Music Hall Memories

Music Hall Memories

29th September 2018
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening

3rd October 2018
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's Laurel and Hardy Movie Night returns with a selection of classics!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

13th October 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

19th October 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

26th October 2018
Enjoy an evening of entertainment harking back to the good old days at The Britannia Panopticon's regular Friday night variety show!
Silent Comedy Films

Silent Comedy Films

31st October 2018
Gladstone’s Bag present a programme of comedy films from the silent era, with music and sound effects at The Britannia Panopticon!
The Panopticon Comedy Club

The Panopticon Comedy Club

9th November 2018
Laugh til the tears run down your legs when Glasgow's finest comedians take to the stage at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall‎!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

11th November 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
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!

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