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! 

Coming soon to the Britannia Panopticon

 

Music Hall Memories
 

Saturday 25th October

1.30pm & 3.30pm

 

Join the Britannia Panopticon Company for an afternoon of traditional, good old fashioned music hall fun. Music, merriment, magic and much more. Suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes. Come along and enjoy the worlds 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.
"Glasgow's Lost Theatre
The Story of the Britannia Music Hall"
By Judith Bowers will be on sale 7th October 2014

 

In 1997 Judith Bowers managed to get access to the music hall which modern Glasgow had forgotten and now, with a team of dedicated volunteers, work continues to rescue 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 judith@britanniapanopticon.org

Check out our charity shop at 49 High street, glasgow

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 was in Britannia Panopticon earlier this year. This fabulous drawing is a one off and is now for sale for £300, with the proceeds going to the Britannia Panopticon stage rescue fund. If your are interested in buying this beautiful piece of artwork, please email judith@britanniapanopticon.org 

EMERGENCY!

The original stage is in serious danger  and we need £10,000 to help save it from further damage. Stan Laurel made his debut on the stage in 1906, Cary Grant danced on in it, Harry Lauder sang on it and many many more.

Help us rescue the stage so it's history can continue and we can do bigger and better shows. 

Please use the donate button at the top of the home page 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.

 

For bookings and information please contact: 

Judith Bowers

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
1st Floor

117 Trongate 
Glasgow
G1 5HD

Tel: +44 141 553 0840
E-mail: judith@britanniapanopticon.org

 

For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street

Glasgow

G1 1LX

 

Tel: +44 141 552 4467

E-mail : shop@britanniapanopticon.org

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