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

Speakin’ Cajun at the Panopticon

Speakin’ Cajun at the Panopticon

25th May 2018
Don't miss an evening of richly layered contemporary & Louisiana music and thought-provoking spoken word when Speakin’ Cajun comes to the Britannia Panopticon!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

25th May 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

26th May 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

6th June 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

16th June 2018
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show at The Britannia Panopticon recreates historic music hall shows from during 1918!
The Haunted Sleepover

The Haunted Sleepover

23rd June 2018
Experience a whole night in a haunted Victorian building when the Britannia Panopticon's Haunted Sleepover returns on June 23rd!
Friday Night at The Panopticon

Friday Night at The Panopticon

29th June 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

30th June 2018
Enjoy some old time music hall shows and get a taste of the entertainment of the day at The Britannia Panopticon!
Silent Comedy Films

Silent Comedy Films

4th July 2018
Gladstone’s Bag present a programme of comedy films from the silent era, with music and sound effects at The Britannia Panopticon!
The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

The 1918 Cine-Variety Show

14th July 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

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!
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!
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 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!
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 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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