Open Days


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.

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.



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

The Panopticon Comedy Club


July 13th, August 17th, September 14th, October 19th, November 9th

Doors open 7.30pm

Show starts 8.00pm

Tickets available here

18+ Only


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!


Our fabulous line up for our July show is: Edward Whitley, Natalie Sweeney, Anna secret poet, Graham Stewart, Scott Redmond, Lacy Rain 

1918 Cine-Variety Show


July 14th, September 15th, October 13th, November 11th

Shows at 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Pay as you please!

Family friendly


One hundred years down the line, we are recreating historic music hall shows, featuring demonstrations by re-enactors, recruitment songs, comedy sketches, silent films and newsreels shown in the Britannia Panopticon during 1918.

Thursday Tales


July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th

2pm to 3pm

Free entry, tickets available here 

Family friendly


Looking for a fun and educational afternoon?


Then join The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for Thursday Tales. A fun story hour in the worlds oldest surviving music hall.


19th July: Button's Big Adventure with Lizzie Finnigan

26th July: Sir Percival, 42 and the Dragon from Mars with Judith Bowers

2nd August: Sir Percival, 42 and the Dragon from Mars with Judith Bowers

9th August: Umbrella Bella with Lizzie Finnigan

The Merchants of Magic

July 21st

1.30pm & 4.30pm

Tickets £5 available here

Family friendly


The Merchants of Magic return to the Panopticon, bringing you the best magicians from across Scotland to astonish, mystify and entertain you!

Our performers are: 
Moria Fletcher
The Grumpy Magicians
George Speirs

Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast


July 27th (new date added due to popular demand!)

July 28th


Tickets £10 available here

18+ Only


Scotlands' Rocky Horror shadowcast, and the only active Shadowcast in the UK, the Denton Deviants are bringing the Timewarp to the world's oldest surviving music hall! 


While the film is screening, the shadowcast will act out the entire film in front of it.  They also will do a short introduction getting the crowd in the mood, sell prop bags to be used during the film, and encourage audience call backs.


We see you shiver, in antici............pation! 

Music Hall Memories


July 28th, August 25th, September 29th

Shows at 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Admission is free, we charge to get out!

Family friendly


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. 

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening


August 1st, October 3rd 

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm

Pay as you please!

Family friendly


The Sons of the Desert present Laurel and Hardy classics screened in the very auditorium where Stan Laurel made his stage debut.

The Drag-Opticon Show


August 3rdSeptember 7th

October 5th,  November 2nd 

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. 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!

Mr Ken Dee


10th & 11th August


Tickets £8 (Concession (£6) here

18+ Only


A dazzling parade of wickedly comical female impersonations and awe inspiring tributes brought to the stage in lightning quick succession by Mr Ken Dee in his first appearance in Glasgow. 

Gladstone’s Bag Present ‘An Afternoon at the Movies’

August 12th


Tickets £5 available here 

Accompanied children free 

Family Friendly


A programme of music from classic films including

Lord of the Rings

James Bond


The Pink Panther

The Wizard of Oz

Looney Tunes

The Great Escape

and many more!

Friday Night at the Panopticon


August 31st, September 28th, October 26th, November 30th

Doors 7.30pm

Show starts 8pm

£7/£5 concession

18+ Only 


A fabulous show hosted by Gabriel Featherstone!

Silent Films - Metropolis


September 5th, October 31st 

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm

Tickets £5 available here

Family friendly


Our September screening is the classic Metropolis!


In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.


With live sound effects and musical accompaniment from Gladstone's Bag. 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Life and Legend


September 20th, 21st & 22nd at 7.30pm

September 23rd at 3pm

Ticket link coming soon!

18+ Only


Robin Cairns in his one-man play on the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Dennistoun lad who became the most radical architect in Europe. How he and his wife defied the conventions of the day, how flowers were thrown at their feet in Vienna – and the truth of why Mackintosh left Glasgow at the age of 45 – never once to return.

“A mesmerising performance … what a gem of a play!” The Culture Vultures



October 12th


18+ Only

Ticket link coming soon!


Spiritualist Paul Temple brings his chilling cabinet seance back to the Panopticon. 

Ghost Stories

October 20th



​18+ Only

Ticket link coming soon!


A selection of ghost stories from around the world performed on the stage of the most haunted music hall in Scotland. 

Our Pride in Our Prejudice of Zombies


October 27th


Tickets here 

18+ Only


Round up your companions, pull up the horse and cart and step back in time to the 1800s. A time of foxtrots, waltzing, tea at noon, petticoats and zombies. Zombies?

That’s correct folks, this is not your average ball. There will be dancing, there will be entertainment but there will also be looming peril from the presence of the living dead.

Scare Scotland’s Halloween ball returns for 2018 with a Jane Austen twist. Prizes for best dressed, endless entertainment and dancing galore.

Shiraz (1928)

November 7th



Family Friendly

Ticket link coming soon!


Gladstone's Bag presents silent Indian movie Shiraz with live music and sound effects. 


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

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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. 

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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


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