Open Days


We will reopen for General Viewing Tuesday-Saturday noon - 5pm from the 9th January 2018. 


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


January 26th, February 23rd, March 23rd, April 27th, May 25th, June 29th, July 27th, August 31st, September 28th, October 26th, November 30th


18+ Only 

A modern twist on traditional variety, featuring local performers. Harking back to the good old days with a bit of everything, from drag to bellydance, comedy to hula-hooping.  

The Drag-Opticon Show


February 9thMarch 2nd , April 6thMay 4th, June 1stJuly 6thAugust 3rdSeptember 7thOctober 5th,  November 2nd 

18+ Only 
Alana Duvey and a selection of Glasgow's finest drag queens descend upon the Panopticon once more, bringing you a show that will leave you slain, gagged and shook!

Brain Access


March 8th 7pm

March 17th 2pm & 7pm

Tickets £5/£4 concession

Family Friendly


Brandon Barrett, one of Britain’s best youngest magicians, presents BRAIN ACCESS. A magic show like no other.


Throughout the show Brandon will mix magic with his unique brand of witty repartee.


In 2017 he made various appearances at the Edinburgh fringe and was called an audience favourite. With nearly a decade of experience (he started when he was six) get ready to laugh, be astounded and wonder; how on earth did he do that?


Harry Potter beware – there’s a new magic kid in town.

Funny Bones Academy


March 10th 

1pm, 3pm and 5pm



Teaching Kids Comedy! 


For the first time at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and as part of the 160th Birthday celebrations of the Britannia Music Hall, we proudly present Funny Bones. Comedy workshops and show for under 18’s to experience and learn about all forms of comedy from clowning to stand-up. Scottish comedians from TV, radio and stage will be providing the workshops culminating in a show on Sunday 11th March 3pm when every funny kid will get their chance to debut on the same stage as Stan Laurel did in 1906. Trophies will be presented to the kids with the Funniest Bones.


3 professors of the art of laughter will teach classes in Clowning & Slapstick, Sketch development, writing & performance and stand-up.


Class timetable & information:


Workshop 1 - Clowning 1pm-2.30pm with Bobbo Roberts

Workshop 2 - Sketch development, writing & performance 3.00pm-4.30pm with Sally Starshine

Workshop 3 - Stand-up 5.00pm-6.30pm with Kavita Bhardwaj



  1. For children aged 6 – 17.
  2. Young persons under 16 must bring a parent or guardian.
  3. Contact details (email & telephone) must be supplied for all parents and guardians.
  4. Young persons over 16 may also provide their own contact details (in addition to parent/ guardian details.
  5. There are only 20 places available for each class.

To take part email and book your place!

Funny Bones Show


March 11th 


Tickets £5/£4 concession

Family Friendly


For the first time at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and as part of the 160th Birthday celebrations of the Britannia Music Hall, we proudly present Funny Bones. Every funny kid in Glasgow will get their chance to debut on the same stage as Stan Laurel did in 1906. The funniest kids in each age category will presented with a Funny Bones Trophy. 

Wacky Wednesdays


March 14th & 21st



Family Friendly


Appearing on our big screen, a selection of Merrie Melodies, Looney Toons and all of your favourite vintage cartoons including Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Bugs Bunny and some you have never seen before. 

PanoptiGong Show

March 16th


Tickets £5/£4 concessions



As part of the Britannia Music Hall 160th anniversary celebrations we bring you the PanoptiGong Show. Encouraging novelty and speciality acts to show off their talents and beat the Gong. The audience will decide who deserves the Gong and who should be awarded with the cash prize.


Interested performers can email and ask for the PanoptiGong application form. Deadline for applications from performers is 12th March 2018. 

Silent Comedy Films


March 24th 2pm

May 2nd, July 4th, September 5th, October 31st 


Tickets £5 here (accompanied children free)

Family Friendly


Gladstone’s Bag present a programme of comedy films from the silent era, with music and sound effects, featuring “comedy kids” – Jackie Coogan, Our Gang etc., in the oldest surviving music hall in the world. Also starring Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Oliver Hardy. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience these films the way audiences first saw them over 100 years ago and in a venue which first featured the “cinematograph” in 1896. 

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening


April 4th, June 6th, August 1st, October 3rd 


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.

1918 Cine-Variety Show


April 14th, May 12th, June 16th, 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.

Music Hall Memories


May 26th, June 30th, 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. 

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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:

Ellen Timoney

Panopticon Curiosity Shop 

49 High Street


G1 1LX

Tel: 0141 552 4467

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