Open Days


Due to unforseen circumstances we will not be open on Saturday 10th September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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.




Tickets for all our events are sold through Tickets Scotland, unless otherwise stated. 

Unfortunately from now on we will no longer be allowing photography at our evening shows, as we will be engaging the services of a professional photographer to take pictures of our events.

We will still be allowing photography of our daytime shows, with the exception of our junior acts, provided the photographer has completed model release forms from the performers.










Every Monday we have tribal belly dance classes at 7pm, £6 for those in full-time work, £5 if not in full-time work

Every Tuesday we have Swing dance classes at 7pm, class costs £5 

World of Film International Festival Glasgow


September 29th 7.30pm

September 30th 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

October 1st 12pm, 4pm, 6 pm, 8pm

October 2nd 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm


Film Festival with screenings, live performances, workshops, masterclasses and networking events. 


Details of listings can be found here

Tickets can be bought here

The Magic Circus


October 1st



Roll up, roll up welcome to The Magic Circus! 

Magic Den presents presents The Magic Circus a fun filled circus themed magic show suitable for all the family! 

Tickets can be bought here, full price £5, Concessions £2, kids under 3 get in free

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night


October 5th



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


Suggested donation £5

Blood Thursdays


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



Tickets £7, Concessions £5


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. 

The Drag-Opticon Show


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. 


Tickets can be bought here for  £5

The 1916 Cine-Variety Show


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.

The Big Varieté


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. 


Tickets can be bought here for £7, concessions £5 

The Gorbals Vampire


October 12th



Tickets can be boguht here for £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

Charly Huston EP Launch


October 15th

Doors 7pm
Show starts 7.30pm

Tickets can be bought here £5

A launch of Charly Houston's self-titled EP. Celebrating 9 years of playing live music – it will be a night of quirky folk and ragtime inspired guitar and accompanied by a few of Glasgow’s most talented songwriters. 

Theatre of Horror


October 29th 



Come join us for a day of spooky entertainment in one of the most atmospheric venues in Glasgow! With music, dance and comedy sketches, suitable for all ages. 

Tickets can be bought here Standard £5, Concession £4, kids under 14 get in free

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.


TIckets can be bought here full price £5, concession £4 

The Haunted Sleepover


30th October 11pm - 31st October 9am


Did you ever want to sleep in a haunted building? Well, this is your chance... 

For the first time, the Britannia Panopticon opens her doors afterhours. It is a unique opportunity to experience a whole night in a haunted victorian building. 

Many surprises are waiting for you...


This event is strictly adults only.

UPDATE: This event is sold out! Please keep an eye on this website and our social media for any future slepover events. 

The Haunted Sleepover vol. 2 


12th November 11pm - 13th November 9am


Did you ever want to sleep in a haunted building? Well, this is your chance... 

Due to the popularity of the Halloween sleepover event, we are holding another haunted sleepover!


Tickets can be bought here

This event is strictly adults only (18+). Proof of age required. 

The Panopticon Fundraiser
19th November 12pm
20th November 3am
A day and night of live music, cabaret, musicians, burlesque & much more!
All Day 12pm-3am
Day 12pm-6pm
Evening 6pm-3am
Tickets can be bought here

Joe Black - Meet Me at the El Dorado


24th & 25th November 7.30pm


Tickets can be bought here for £10, concession £8

‘Don’t worry about the cold of winter. Here you can warm your hands.’

Notorious cabaret reprobate Joe Black evokes the spirit of the infamous 1920’s Berlin nightclub The Eldorado.
Abandon your troubles at the door and allow yourself to slip out of realities trials and tribulations. 

Glen Michael's Theatre of Memories


27th November

Doors 1.30pm
Show starts 2pm

Tickets £15
Concessions £10


Glen Michael STV's Calvacade presenter, actor and performer tells us about his early days in theatre and film. He'll tell us about the differences in Scottish and English theatre and how it was working with some of the best known theatre stars of the 50's and 60's. 

Music Hall Memories


Our Music Hall shows are done for the year, but will return in 2017!

Come back soon to check for updates or email

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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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