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 10 events at this location

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1917 Cine-Variety Show

Music hall show commemorating the centenary of WWI.

Sat 10 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sat 8 Jul

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sat 12 Aug

Free / 0141 553 0840

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

The Big Variety

A show filled with surprises, music, dancing, cabaret and more.

Sat 17 Jun

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Sat 15 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Sat 19 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Sat 16 Sep

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

The Britannia Panopticon Comic Mart

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

Sat 3 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 12:00 – 17:00

Cabinet: A Victorian Séance

Traditional Victorian seance hosted by magician Paul Temple.

Fri 2 Jun

£7 (£5) / 0141 553 0840

Chopin and Cake

An afternoon of live Chopin music and delicious cake.

Sun 18 Jun

Free Suggested donation £5 / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

Sun 23 Jul

Free Suggested donation £5 / 0141 553 0840

  • 13:30

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.

Fri 23 Jun

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Fri 28 Jul

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Fri 25 Aug

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Fri 22 Sep

£5 / 0141 553 0840

Laurel and Hardy Night

A selection of classic films from the bumbling duo.

Wed 7 Jun

Free / 0141 553 0840

  • 19:00

Merchants of Magic

Live magic night.

Sat 22 Jul

£5 / 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 24 Jun

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0141 553 0840

Sat 29 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0141 553 0840

Sat 26 Aug

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0141 553 0840

…and 3 more dates until 25 Nov

Silent Movie Night

Silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag.

Wed 5 Jul

£5 / 0141 553 0840

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