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



21st November 6pm


Most soldiers in the trenches in the First World War wrote letters home. But to whom do you write if you have no family?


More than 200 "Old Boys" from Aberlour Orphanage joined the war and more than 60 of them were killed.

"Letters to Aberlour" is a new production which draws extesively on the letters these soldiers wrote back to the Orphanage which for many was the only family they had ever known.


These forgotten voices deserve to be heard.


For more information or to book "Letters for Aberlour" for you school, college or theatre please email:


 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 is on sale now


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


Check out our charity shop at 49 High street, glasgow


The original stage is in serious danger  and we need at least £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 
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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