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

Next Show in Britannia Panopticon:

Magic Den

Family Magic Cabaret

Thursday July 24th

1pm & 3pm FREE (please leave a donation)


Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon


the world's oldest surviving


Music Hall! 

Founded in 1857 on the Trongate in Glasgow, Scotland, the Britannia quickly became famed as being the most popular place of amusement in the city and 1500 people would cram themselves onto wooden benches for every show. The audience gained itself a reputation for "leaving no turn unstoned" and over the years the stage saw performances by such greats as Dan Leno, Harry Lauder, Marie Loftus, Charles Coburn, Harry Champion, W. F. Frame and of course, the debut of a sixteen year old Stan Laurel in 1906.

In 1997 the music hall was rediscovered and a team of dedicated volunteers continue to work towards the goal of ultimately restoring this unique and valuable little auditorium. We have regular viewings, exhibitions, bazaars and traditional music halls shows all as part of our fundraising activities.  The hall itself makes for a fantastic venue for photo shoots, lectures, comedy, filming and photography. If you wish to hire the Britannia Panopticon, please contact

Currently we are trying to raise money for: revealing and restoring the original stage, a new entrance, signage, new lights, electrical and fabric survey.

Please use the donate button below and help us save the worlds oldest surviving music hall. Alternatively you can join our supporters and subscribe to the Friends of Britannia Panopticon for £20 per year. Click the Friends tab at the top of this page to subscribe.


This is the original drawing by Evy Craig from which she created her full colour screen print of Stan and Ollie for "The Greats of Comedy" exhibition which is in Britannia Panopticon until 5th April (open Wednesday - Sunday noon - 5pm). This fabulous drawing is a one off and will be auctioned at the Laurel and Hardy film night 7pm on 2nd April. Come along and bid! or if you want to bid but can't make the evening, please email your bid to and Judith with email back with a confirmation of your bid - which will be added to the auction. 

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

E-mail :

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