Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Opening Hours

Wednesday & Thursday 12 - 5pm we are open for our tech-help service Infernal Machines.

Saturdays 12-5pm we are open for general viewing.

Apart from these times, and when we have a show in, we are closed.

We will be closed completely from 19th December to 12th January for the holiday season.

For all you lovers of old theatres, have you heard of "Old Theatres" magazine? Well now you have and it will be available to buy from our little auditorium very soon, so pop by and purchase a copy.



A dedicated team of volunteers have worked in conjunction with the archiving department of Glasgow University to digitise the scrapbooks of one of the great showmen of Glasgow's history and former owner of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, A. E. Pickard.


These scrapbooks are now available online for the whole world to view. So go on a take a look into the mind of one of the great characters of Music Hall history, and learn a little bit more about our beloved Britannia Panopticon at the same time.

Lah Dee Dah and Friends Do Christmas!


December 5th

1.30 - 4.30pm


Lah Dee Dah will be singing some magical harmonies to get you in the Christmas mood, accompanied by our in house band Gladstone's Bag, plus other guests!


Suggested donation £5

Merchants of Magic


December 12th

Shows at 1.30 & 3.30pm


The amazing team of magicians return to the Britannia Panopticon with a selection of the finest performers from across Scotland to astonish, astound and mystify you!


Suggested donation £5

Death By Chocolate Murder Mystery


December 16th



This crime of passion is one for all to enjoy but alas, who killed the victim, why and how is up to you to discover. Who dunnit?!


We are working alongside Spirit of Glasgow to bring you this fabulous evening, spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. This is a murder mystery tea party, so tea and cakes will be provided along with entertainment!


Suggested donation £8, Concessions £6

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: 0141 553 0840

E-mail: info@britanniapanopticon.org

For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

E-mail : shop@britanniapanopticon.org

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