Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
113–117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD
  • Telephone 0141 553 0840
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–5pm; closed Mon & Sun.
  • Seasonal times Closed 19 Dec–9 Jan.
  • Email
  • Website www.britanniapanopticon.org
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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland is the oldest surviving music hall in the world.

Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard and HM 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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Events at this venue

There are 8 events at this location

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1918 Cine-Variety Show

Music hall show featuring demonstrations by re-enactors, recruitment songs, comedy sketches, silent films and newsreels shown in the Britannia Panopticon during 1918.

Sat 12 May

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 16 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 14 Jul

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30
…and 3 more dates until 11 Nov

Drag-Opticon

A cavalcade of drag queens covering a broad range of genres and talents. Previous performance pieces have included lipsyncing, live singing, stand up comedy, ballet, burlesque, poetry/spoken word, theatrical pieces and even saw playing. Expect the unexpected.

Fri 4 May

£5 / 0141 204 5151

Fri 1 Jun

£5 / 0141 204 5151

Fri 6 Jul

£5 / 0141 204 5151

…and 4 more dates until 2 Nov

Friday Night at the Panopticon

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's variety show harking back to the good old days of variety with music, comedy, novelty and more.

Fri 27 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Fri 25 May

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Fri 29 Jun

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

…and 5 more dates until 30 Nov

The Kid

  • 4 stars
  • 1921
  • USA
  • U
  • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan

Classic family comedy with Charlie Chaplin playing a tramp lumbered with raising an abandoned baby.

Wed 2 May

0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night

The Sons of the Desert present Laurel and Hardy classics screened in the very auditorium where Stan Laurel made his stage debut.

Wed 6 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Wed 1 Aug

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Wed 3 Oct

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

LGBT Age (50+) Social Events | Edinburgh & Glasgow

LGBT Age is a project run by LGBT Health and Wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people aged 50 and over in Greater Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians. The project aims to promote health and wellbeing and create social opportunities. It offers: - A variety of social events in both Edinburgh and…

Sat 26 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 553 0840

Music Hall Memories at Britannia Panopticon

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Music Hall Memories

Old fashioned variety show in the venue where Stan Laurel made his 1906 debut. Featuring comedy sketches, musical numbers, dancing and much more.

Sat 26 May

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 30 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 28 Jul

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30
…and 2 more dates until 29 Sep

Speakin' Cajun

An evening of Cajun music and performance poetry straight out of the Louisiana bayou.

Fri 25 May

Over-12s only

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

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