Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Opening Hours


We are open for general viewing Tuesday-Saturday noon - 5pm. 




La Nuit de l'Instant


April 26th



La Nuit de l’Instant is a collaboration between Street Level Photoworks and Centre Photographique Marseille and is a projection-based event celebrating the still and the moving image in joyful and compelling ways. The event marks Glasgow’s links with its twin-town of Marseille with new works by Camille Fallet, Valentine Vermeil and Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte produced from exchange residencies between the two cities, alongside works selected by Erick Gudimard/CPM from Marie Chéné and Didier Nadeau, Sylvia Donis, Flavie Pinatel, Valérie Horwicz and Lisa Lucciardi. The theme is that of 'Love Letters'.

Projection works selected by Street Level Photoworks from artists in Northern European countries which we have links with will be shown in the main screening venue Britannia Panopticon and include Taavi Talve, Marge Monko (Estonia), Mari Hokkanen (Finland), Julija Goyd (Lithuania), and Ieva Balode (Latvia). 

The works will be showcased across four different locations concentrated around Street Level - main screening venue for single screen programme is Brittania Panopticon, then with installation work in Gallery 103, Avant Garde Function Room and Street Level’s studio. 




Silent Comedy Films


May 2nd

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm


Tickets £5 available here 

Family friendly


On May 2nd Gladstone's Bag present 'The Kid' starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan with live music and sound effects!


Chaplin's first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him.


Also showing Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in "The Rough House", and Winsor McKay's "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend".




The Drag-Opticon Show


May 4th 

Doors open 7.30pm
Show starts 8pm


18+ Only 
Drag-Opticon is a monthly live variety/cabaret show with a drag twist. All acts are some of the best and creative local Drag Queens and Kings. Performed in and contributing to the charity restoration of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow. The oldest surviving Music Hall in the world!

Previous performances have included live music, singing, dancing, stand-up, puppetry, a lot of lip syncing and even the saw being played as a musical instrument!



Tickets for all our shows are sold through Tickets Scotland, 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. 

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

E-mail: info@britanniapanopticon.org

For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Ellen Timoney

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

E-mail : shop@britanniapanopticon.org

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