Welcome to the website of the


Britannia Panopticon

the world's oldest surviving

Music Hall! 

Opening Hours


We are open for general viewing Tuesdays to Saturdays 12-5pm.




Whisky Galore (1949) - Film Night


July 27th 



Whisky Galore! is a 1949 British comedy film produced by Ealing Studios starring Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson. It was the directorial debut of Alexander Mackendrick; the screenplay was by Compton MacKenzie, based on his 1947 novel Whisky Galore.


The story – based on a true event – concerns a shipwreck off a fictional Scottish island, the inhabitants of which have run out of whisky; the islanders find out the ship is carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, which they salvage, against the opposition of the local Customs and Excise men. 


Come Join us in one of Glasgow’s oldest cinema buildings for this true Scottish classic. This event will feature a fully licensed bar so make sure you pick up a wee dram to enjoy with the film.


Tickets available here




The Gatsby Club: Best of Cabaret Show


July 28th

Doors open 7.30pm, Starts 8pm


Scotland’s largest 1920s themed cabaret and club night joins forces with The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for one night only to present a very special ‘Best Of’ cabaret show, featuring a star-studded lineup of music hall variety , cabaret acts, burlesque performers, dancers, comedy, live music and more!


Tickets available here




Music Hall Memories


July 29th, August 26th, September 30th, November 25th

Shows at 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 Raqs-Option Revue


July 29th



A world of belly dance in one show, from ancient to modern, traditional to contemporary, east to west, and everything in-between.


Sarasvati Tribal presents The Raqs-Opticon Revue. A world of belly dance in one show, from ancient to modern, traditional to contemporary, east to west, and everything in-between. The glittering jewel that is belly dance has many facets, some of them not quite what you would expect... come and be dazzled by our performers in the world's oldest surviving Victorian music hall, the Britannia Panopticon!


Tickets available here



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:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

E-mail : shop@britanniapanopticon.org

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