Open Days


Britannia Panopticon Music Hall will be open to the general public for viewing noon - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday (except when a show or other event is programmed for that day) from April 18th - November 1st.


Exhibition of ephemera, merchandise stall with postcards, greetings cards, bags, mugs, tee-shirts etc and of course, a chance to have a good look at this remakable survivor from the Victorian era.

Our friendly staff will be available to regail with tales and the history of the worlds oldest music hall.




To reserve seats please email us on or call us on 0141 553 0840. We do not at this time sell tickets on line, you just reserve seats in advance and pay on the door. 


Please be aware that it is our policy to hold reservations until 10 mins before the start of the show, at which point they will be passed on to the next people in the walk-up queue.

The Big Varieté


May 27th

June 10th & 24th

July 8th & 22nd 

August 19th & 26th

September 16th & 30th

October 14th & 28th


Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm


The second and last Friday of every month we have a showcase of the new oddities of the Glaswegian cabaret scene. 


Suggested donation £7, concessions £5

Music Hall Memories


May 28th, June 25th, July 30th, August 27th, September 24th, October 29th

1.30 & 3.30pm


Come along to our popular variety shows done in the style of the old time music halls. Featuring comedy sketches, musical numbers, dancing and much more. Admission is free, we charge to get out!

The Drag-Opticon Show


Jun 3rd & 17th

July 1st & 15th

August 12th

September 2nd & 23rd

October 7th & 21st

Doors 7.30pm Show starts 8.00pm


The name Panopticon was chosen by A. E. Pickard because he wanted to show that you could see everything in his building - "Pan" meaning everything and "Opticon" meaning to see. Well at our Drag-Opticon nights you are going to see EVERY kind of Drag Queen! From comedy to lip-synching, fishy divas to bearded beauties, we are proud to present to you the best of the flourishing Glasgow drag scene. 

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night


June 8th, August 3rd, October 5th



The Sons of the Desert present a selection of classic films starring one of comedy's best-loved duos.


Suggested donation £5

McTweed Brothers Tartan Shortbread Tour


June 11th

1.30 & 3.30pm


Previously postponed due to illness, the Tartan Shortbread tour is now back on!


Folk music legends the McTweed Brothers are launching their exclusive Tartan Shortbread tour in 2016. In fact, it's so exclusive, there's only one date. And it's at the Panopticon!

Sponsored by Auld Skanky Whisky.*

*(Warning: May cause blindness.)

Suggested donation £5.

Gladstone's Bag and Friends Present -

Those Radio Times


11th June



Join us for some magical radio tunes from a bygone era. Featuring the vocal talents of Miss Violet Duff. 


​Suggested donation £5

The 1916 Cine-Variety Show


June 18th, July 16th, September 10th, October 8th, November 12th

1.30 & 3.30pm


One hundred years down the line, we are recreating 1916 historic music hall shows, featuring demonstrations by re-enactors, recruitment songs, comedy sketches, silent films and newsreels shown in the Britannia Panopticon during 1916.


If you have a vintage act or particular interest and want to get involved, please email


Admission free.

Yoga for Alzheimer's

June 21st



Yoga for Alzheimer's is a series of yoga-based events for Alzheimer's Research UK raising vital funds and awareness for pioneering dementia research.


Taking place at venues and spaces throughout the UK, Yoga for Alzheimer's is the only charity fitness challenge that is suitable for everyone and can happen anywhere. 

Little Birds Market


June 26th



Join the Little Birds and delve into the vintage world of the Britannia Panopticon - the world's oldest music hall.


Little Birds will be showcasing vintage and antique fashion and accessories, heritage cakes and crafts, in-keeping with the style and atmosphere of this fabulous building and covering the time period from 1850s to 1940s. Vintage music will also be playing, adding to the enchantment of this wonderful secret of the city.


Free entry to the general public. Exhibitors: email for an application pack.

Silent Movie Nights


July 6th, September 7th



We will be screening the controversial Battle of the Somme - a 1916 British documentary and propaganda film depicting the British Army in the preliminaries and early days of the Battle of the Somme which began on 1st July 1916. Most of the footage is genuine. Gladstone's Bag will be accompanying the film live using the music originally suggested to accompany it.


​Suggested donation £5

Merchants of Magic


July 9th

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!


A list of performers will be announced nearer the time. 


Suggested donation £5

Glasgow Gets Moist 


4th - 7th August


The Trongate Tribute is Coming! Seattle’s Moisture Festival comes home to Glasgow.


Astounding Trapeze, comedy/variety, vaudeville, burlesque from America

Comic Mart


September 3rd



The comic mart is back! Featuring distributors of comics and geeky paraphernalia, as well as showcasing local comic writers and artists.


We will also be having a cosplay competition at 3pm, with fabulous prizes to be won!

A list of vendors will be posted nearer the time, if you want to get a table please email us at

Blood Thursdays


October 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th



After the popularity of this event last year we have decided to bring Blood Thursdays back. Every Thursday evening during the month of October we will be showing a vintage horror movie, the cheesier the better. We have not yet decided which films we are going to show, so we are accepting suggestions from you lovely lot! Email us on to give us your suggestions.

The Gorbals Vampire


October 12th



Suggested donation £8, Concession £6


Glasgow's own vampire legend - of an iron toothed |Nosferatu haunting the Southern Necropolis - comes to dramatic life in this storytelling show by playwright/performer Marty Ross (21st Century Poe last halloween at Britannia). A vampire-mad boy discovers the sinister truth of the legend. "Marty Ross has perfected storytelling." - TV Bomb



Hallowe'en Silent Movie

The Man Who Laughs


October 29th



As is tradition we will be screening a silent horror movie for halloween with live musical accompaniment and sound effects! This year we will be showing the expressionist classic 'The Man Who Laughs'.


Gwynplaine is the son of a nobleman who angered king James II. With his face surgically disfigured into a permanent grin as punishment for his father's crimes, Gwynplaine makes his living as a freakshow performer. That is, until the fateful day he catches the eye of James II's successor, Queen Anne.

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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. 

You can find our Amazon store here.

Contact Us

For bookings and information please contact: 

Judith Bowers

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
1st Floor

117 Trongate
G1 5HD

Tel: 0141 553 0840


For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

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