Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Opening Hours


We are open for free general viewing Tuesday-Saturday noon - 5pm. We will be closed for the festive season from the 23rd December to the 8th January. 


Please note that we do not at this time have disabled access. 


We have an exhibition of ephemera, a merchandise stall with postcards, greetings cards, bags, mugs, tee-shirts etc and of course our friendly staff will be available to regail with tales and the history of the worlds oldest surviving music hall.


Drag-Opticon Festive Special


December 14th

Tickets here

Doors open 7.30pm
Show starts 8pm
18+ Only 
Well just when we thought that was us done for another year, we are BACK one more time in 2018 for a special holiday hoedown!

Yes Alana and friends are returning to the beautiful Britannia Panopticon Music Hall (the World’s oldest surviving Music Hall) to bring in some seasonal cheer drag style!

So dust off those festive jumpers and let’s have some fun!

Santa's Grotto


December 15th

Noon to 5pm

£5 to meet Santa


Come along to a winter wonderland in the world's oldest surviving music hall! Meet Santa Claus and his elves and receive a lovingly handcrafted wooden toy.




Jack off the Beanstalk : ADULT PANTO


December 21st & 22nd

Door/Bar open : 7pm 
Show starts : 8pm 

Tickets £10 ( includes Hot Candy Apple)


Fancy a fabulously naughty Panto this year?

You'll see Jack erect his HUGE stalk to the delight of fairy Starshine who goes weak at the knees at the sight of a big one.

Dame Effie is cock a hoop at the idea of meeting something giant too! Jack Off The Beanstalk, yes you read that right, get your wrists limbered up for the audience participation, things could get messy, but always in the best possible taste, well, maybe!

Get your tickets quick as disappointment could lead to an anticlimax, and one of those always leaves you flaccid, isn't that right boys!




Magician, Walford Bodie, murdered- stop – recently returned from China with the powerful, mystical statue of the three wise monkeys - stop -Detectives needed to solve the mystery before the murderer returns to unleash the power of the statue - stop - or mankind will never; see, hear or speak no evil - stop - or anything else ever again.


Find the clues, solve the puzzles, unravel the mystery and win the prize. Can you solve the mystery before the time runs out?


Includes illusions created by The Art of Illusion.  


Suitable for groups of between five and thirty people. You will have one hour to solve the mystery. Licensed bar is available.


Suitable for all ages. Bookings after 9pm for over 18’s only


Additional dates and times are available on request.


for more information check our mystery room page : Mystery Room




Tickets for all our shows are sold through Universe, unless otherwise stated. 

Help Britannia Panopticon get heating!


We are running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so we can install a three-phase electricity supply which will allow us to get heating! 


Please give whatever you can and share this campaign with your friends!

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.

Visit Britannia's profile on Pinterest.

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

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