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 12 events at this location

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1917 Cine-Variety Show

Music hall show commemorating the centenary of WWI.

Sat 12 Aug

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sat 9 Sep

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sat 14 Oct

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sat 11 Nov

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

The Britannia Panopticon Comic Mart

Get your paws on comics, memorabilia, collectibles and original artwork.

Sat 2 Sep

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Chopin and Cake

An afternoon of live Chopin music and delicious cake.

Sun 27 Aug

Free Suggested donation £5 / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sun 24 Sep

Free Suggested donation £5 / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

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 25 Aug

£5 / 0141 204 5151

Fri 29 Sep

£5 / 0141 204 5151

  • 20:00

Fri 13 Oct

£5 / 0141 204 5151

  • 20:00

Fri 24 Nov

£5 / 0141 204 5151

  • 20:00

The Gatsby Club: Best of Cabaret Show

Scotland’s largest 1920s themed cabaret and club night joins forces with The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for one night only to present a special ‘Best Of’ cabaret show, featuring a lineup of music hall variety, cabaret acts, burlesque performers, dancers, comedy, live music and more.

Fri 28 Jul

£12 / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Kapow!

Cosplay burlesque show.

Fri 27 Oct

Times to be confirmed / £6 / 0141 553 0840

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

An afternoon of fun for all the family with costumed characters. Bring along a picnic and join in with games, music, silent films and more.

Wed 26 Jul

£5 (£3; Family £15) / 0141 553 0840

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 29 Jul

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 26 Aug

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

Sat 30 Sep

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30
  • 15:30
…and 2 more dates until 25 Nov

Pickard's Picture House

Weekly cinema celebration with surprise screening.

Wed 26 Jul

Donations welcome / 0141 553 0840

'The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She said she was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France.'

  • 19:00

The Raqs-Option Revue

Bellydancing show from Sarasvati Tribal.

Sat 29 Jul

£5 / 0141 553 0840

A Throw of Dice

  • 3 stars
  • 1929
  • India/Germany/UK
  • 1h 17min
  • U
  • Directed by: Franz Osten
  • Written by: WA Burton, Max Jungk, Niranjan Pal (story)
  • Cast: Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose

Classic silent epic based on an episode from 'The Mahabharata' that tells the tale of two neighbouring kings, both addicted to gambling and in love with the same woman. Shown here in the BFI's new digital print, with score by Nitin Sawhney blending vocals, Indian flute, acoustic guitar and tabla percussion with the sounds…

Wed 18 Oct

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Whisky Galore!

  • 1949
  • UK
  • 1h 22min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Written by: Compton MacKenzie (also novel), Angus MacPhail
  • Cast: Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood, Gordon Jackson

Much-loved Ealing comedy by the late Sandy Mackendrick. A ship carrying a cargo of whisky is shipwrecked off a Scottish island during wartime, so the locals decide it's time to quench their thirst. Full of wit and charm that others can only hope to emulate.

Thu 27 Jul

0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

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