Open Days


Britannia Panopticon Music Hall is open to the general public for viewing noon - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday (except when an event is programmed for that day) from January 10th onwards. 


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 music hall.



Tickets for all our events are sold through Tickets Scotland, unless otherwise stated. 

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.

Friday Night at the Panopticon


August 18th, September 22nd, October 20th, November 17th



The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall's new variety show. 

An evening of true variety show harking back to the good old days of variety with music, comedy, novelty and more!

Tickets £7 / £5 Concession available online here!

Pickard's Picture House


August 23rd, 30th

September 13th, 20th, 27th

October 4th, 11th, 25th

November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Doors open 6.30pm, screening 7pm


Do you love movies? Do you have a favourite film that never gets shown on TV or in the cinema? Come and join us in the world's oldest surviving music hall, for a weekly celebration of cinema, complete with usherettes, a concession stand, and a bar!
We will be showing classics, cult movies, musicals (complete with sing-alongs and audience participation). The movies that you want to see, in a unique venue, unlike any modern multiplex - 'mon down!
Want a clue? Here's a quote for you.
"I'm like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don't even belong to each other."
 Pay what you feel.

The Drag-Opticon Show


August 25th, September 29th, October 13th, November 24th


Hosted by our resident hostess with the mostest Alana Duvey, she is getting her humble abode in order for your arrival with some very special guests due to be in attendance for a night of drag variety! Tickets available here

Music Hall Memories


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!

Chopin and Cake


August 27th, September 24th



Join us at the Britannia Panopticon for an afternoon of live Chopin music and delicious cake!


Suggested donation £5. 

Silent Movie Night


September 6th, October 18th & 28th



Silent movies with live musical accompaniment by Gladstone's bag! 

Our films for September are:

One a.m. - a hilarious drunken affair - starring Charlie Chaplin

I do. - Comic adventures of newly-weds and children - starring Harold Lloyd

The High Sign. - A murderous gang and a wild chase through a house filled with secret passages - starring Buster Keaton 


Tickets are available here

The Raqs-Opticon Show with Jill Parker and Alexis Southall


September 8th



Sarasvati tribal presents Jill Parker and Alexis Southall. 

Tickets are £12 plus booking fee, available from soon

1917 Cine-Variety Show


September 9th, October 14th

Shows at 1.30 & 3.30pm


One hundred years down the line, we are recreating 1917 historic music hall shows, featuring demonstrations by re-enactors, recruitment songs, comedy sketches, silent films and newsreels shown in the Britannia Panopticon during 1917.

If you have a vintage act or particular interest and want to get involved, please email

Admission free.

An evening with John Connolly at the Panopticon Theatre


September 12th



With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

JThe Panopticon will be showing a selection of Stan Laurel's films projected onto the very stage where Stan Laurel first performed and then John will give a presentation followed by a Q&A. There will also be a bespoke selection of Scottish Gins for the evening provided by Boe Gin.

Tickets are £4 (or £3 with a Waterstones Loyalty Card) and can be purchased here

The Big Fat Drag Booty Sale


September 17th

Noon - 5pm


Do you want to get into doing drag? Are you a drag performer looking to expand your wardrobe? Are you a veteran queen looking to pass on some of your old pieces to the children? Or maybe you're just a fabulous creature that likes dressing up for no reason?

Whatever you are, come to the Big Fat Drag Booty Sale for all the trade you can handle!

This is just like any other craft fair, but with a specific focus on drag costuming. We're talking fabulous jewelry, gorgeous glittering gowns and hair that reaches to high heaven honey! 

If you want to get a table at this event please email and we'll send you a booking form!

Blood Thursdays


October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th


Every Thursday in October we will be showing classic horror movies, if you have any suggestions please email

Laurel and Hardy


October 11th



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

We will be showing: 
Pack Up Your Troubles
Me and My Pal
They Go Boom

Admission is free, although we do ask that you leave a donation of your way out. 

Please arrive in plenty of time as there is limited space, and it is first-come first-served.

Kapow! Cosplay Burlesque Presents - Fright Night!


October 27th



Too long the KAPOW! underworld has slept, unstirring in the darkness. But soon it wakes! Read these words!
"Klaatu Barada Nikto!" Did you read that out loud? GROOVY! 


KAPOW! proudly presents FRIGHT NIGHT an evening of horror and bloody brilliant burlesque! All NEW acts! All NEW themes! 

Enjoy the beautiful venue lending its historical, hallowed hall for a campy spooky spectacular! KAPOW! will have its usual raffle and best-dressed dance off. Are you ready?

Tickets £6.00 available through Tickets Scotland here, or on the door.

Haunted Cabaret - Ghost House


October 28th

1.30pm & 3.30pm


Join Billy Bones, the cast of haunted cabaret and house band Gladstone's Bag in a halloween spooktacular. Admission free. 

Laurel and Hardy Movie Marathon


November 4th

11am - 9pm


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

Another Fine Mess
Saps at Sea
You're Darn Tootin'
Fra Diavolo
Chickens Come Home
The Flying Deuces
The Hoose-Gow
Night Owls
Sons of the Desert
The Live Ghost

Admission is free, although we do ask that you leave a donation of your way out. 

Please arrive in plenty of time as there is limited space, and it is first-come first-served.

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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


For the Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop please contact:

Magda Shukis & Alex Brash

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

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