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 - December  18th.


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 

Blood Thursdays


October 27th - Mystery Movie!



Tickets can be bought here: with complimentary drink (terms and conditions apply) £7, no complimentary drink £5


Blood Thursdays concludes with a mystery movie!

The Big Varieté


October 28th

November 11th


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 

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 1916 Cine-Variety Show


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 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!


UPDATE: This event is now sold out! Please keep an eye out for future sleepover events. 

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. 

Little Birds Vintage Christmas Fayre 


26th November 



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

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. Get your Christmas vintage on!

Free entry to the general public.

The Return of The Not So Secret Society


26th November 

7.30pm - 10.30pm


Glasgow's godfathers of cabaret, Rufus and Ben invite you to join them for the long-awaited return of this not-particularly-secret variety show, which may or may not involve comedy, theatre, magic, spoken word, music, burlesque and oddity. All you need is the password...

This show will be recorded live for broadcast on Radio 4.

Acts already confirmed:
The Creative Martyrs - post-Brechtian tomfoolery
Earnest & Wilde - time displaced musical re-imaginings
John Celestus - mind (and body) bending contortion
Volcanic Ash - hamazing hula hooping!
- With more acts to be announced!

The Not So Secret Society is a Pay What You Like show where donations are gathered to pay the acts and the venue for donating their time and talent.

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. 



December 3rd



Blues-a-rama is a vintage burlesque and cabaret show performed to all live music from the popular band Blueswater. We will be providing the most tantalising, seedy and sexy performances to old blues songs sung and played live by the band and established burlesque and cabaret performers.


Tickets £8 Brown Paper Tickets

Aladdin: A Panto-Opticon Spectacular


10th December 2pm & 7.30pm

11th December 2pm

17th December 2pm & 7.30pm

18th December 2pm


The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is putting on it's first panto since it closed down in 1938! Come join us for a magical performance of a beloved classic, Aladdin!

Tickets can be bought from Tickets Scotland, full price £5.00, concession £2.50

Aladdin After Dark


16th December 8pm


The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is putting on it's first panto since it closed down in 1938! For one night only we are putting on a strictly over 18's performance of the classic Aladdin. 

Please bring ID as proof of age as not only will this performance be rather blue, there will be a bar. 

TIckets can be bough from Tickets Scotland for £7

Music Hall Memories


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

Laurel and Hardy Movie Night


Our Laurel and Hardy nights are finished for the year, but will return in 2017! Watch this space for more details!

The Drag-Opticon Show


Our drag shows are finished for the year, but will return in 2017. 


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. 

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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