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.

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.

The Big Varieté


August 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


August 27th, September 24th

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


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. 


Suggested Donation £5

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!

Godzilla (1954)


September 3rd

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm


Tickets £5, Concessions £4

Show up in a godzilla costume and you get in free!


A fire-breathing behemoth terrorizes Japan after an atomic bomb awakens it from its centuries-old sleep.

Silent Movie Nights


September 7th



Gladstones Bag proudly present another selection of Silent Films, with live score and sound effects!


The films will include:-
Dough and Dynamite (Chaplin)
Mabel's New Hero aka Fatty and the Bathing Beauties (Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand)
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Douglas Fairbanks)
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (Mack Sennett and the Keystone Kops)


​Suggested donation £5

Raqs-opticon - The Mardi Love Showcase


September 9th 

Doors 7.30pm

Show 8pm


Mardi Love is coming to Glasgow! 

In conjunction with her workshop series, Miss Mardi will be performing in the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall with her blend of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance alongside some of Glasgows top performers. Book now to avoid disappointment!

The 1916 Cine-Variety Show


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.

New Hellfire Club Panopticon Sessions


September 15th

Doors are at 7pm

Show 7.30pm


The first of our live sessions, presented by the New Hellfire Club!


Entry is £5

Starring already:
The Strange Blue Dreams
Anton & The Colts
Lisa Kowalski Music

Things to Come


September 21st

Doors 7.00pm

Show 7.30pm


Ticket £5, Concession £4


As a celebration of the work of H.G. Wells and the 80th anniversary of the cinema release of his film; Things to Come, The Projected Picture Trust will show a restored version of the classic film on a large screen. 

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! 

Full price £5, Concessions £2, kids under 3 get in free

World of Film International Festival Glasgow


September 29th - October 2nd


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

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



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

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. 

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.

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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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