The World's Oldest Surviving Music Hall
The World's Oldest Surviving Music Hall

Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Check out our News Page for the latest update on "Raise the Stage"

Have your name forever etched onto the stage of the world's oldest surviving music hall.


Please Help Rescue Our Historic Stage!


   What music hall or theatre would be complete without a stage; a simple platform it may seem, but upon it stands hopes and dreams, tragedy and comedy, love and passion - all of life glimpsed on simple wooden boards. The Britannia has seen it all and more!

         But where is our stage now? Where once upon a long time ago the greats of the music hall delighted and appalled 1,500 hard-working folk every show. Where Stan Laurel made his fumbling début and Sir Harry Lauder dodged a barrage of well-aimed rivets. Where Cary Grant (as Archie Leach) showed off his acrobatic skills and in times of crisis Glasgow’s men and women were recruited.

    Where is it?

    It is buried beneath a 1960’s toilet and now the time has come before it is too late to rescue what survives of that hallowed and historic set of boards.

    Become a part of history and let your name live on through time etched on the floor of the stage for future stars to entertain.

 For £100 you can help bring the stage back to life by sponsoring a plank. Your name will be hand-etched onto the board you sponsor so your name will forever be placed beside the stars that trod the boards in the Britannia’s heyday.

 If you don’t have £100 but you still want to help, donations of any amount can be made to the "Raise the Stage" fund via our PayPal donation button at the top of this page adding the note "Raise the Stage". If you don’t want to pay online, cheques can be made payable to “Friends of Britannia Panopticon” and sent to:

                                                                                  “Raise the Stage”,

                                                                                   Britannia Panopticon Music Hall,

                                                                                   1st Floor, 117 Trongate,


                                                                                   G1 5HD.

       In exchange we will send you a beautuful certificate with our grateful thanks and when the stage is complete, your name will be etched on the board you sponsored and included on the sponsors list in the auditorium.

 This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves Glasgow’s history and the performing arts to be a patron to one of the most unique venues in the world.

Thank you for your attention and support.

P.S. If we raise enough, we might even get new loos too!


Don't forget, "Glasgow's Lost Theatre - the Story of the Britannia Music Hall"  written by Judith Bowers with Foreword by Michael Grade and published by Birlinn is for sale now for £12.99 from Amazon, Waterstone's, our shop at 49 High Street. 

Contact Us

For bookings and information please contact: 

Judith Bowers

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
1st Floor

117 Trongate 
G1 5HD

Tel: +44 141 553 0840


For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX


Tel: +44 141 552 4467

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