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. 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.


Shiraz (1928)

November 7th

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm

Tickets £5 here

Family Friendly


Gladstone's Bag presents silent Indian movie Shiraz with live music and sound effects, featuring sitar, tabla and violins


A man (Himansu Rai) tries to rescue his kidnapped sister after a prince enslaves her.




The Panopticon Comedy Club


November 9th

Doors open 7.30pm

Show starts 8pm

18+ only

Tickets here


Join us for an evening of Glasgow's finest comedians at the venue where Stan Laurel made his stage debut. Laugh til the tears run down your legs!




Armistice Day

November 11th

Free Admission


Commemorating the end of the Great War

1914 - 1918

Doors open at 1pm

with display and demonstration of military items between

1pm and 5pm


2pm - Concert featuring the music of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters with popular songs and choruses from the great war.


4pm - A performance of  'Armistice' by Thoren Ferguson as part of  'Play for Peace.' A Global concert for Co-operation followed by music hall acts.


7pm - 'The Battle of the Somme'

The classic film made in 1916 featuring live music from Gladstone's Bag.




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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