Britannia Panopticon The World's oldest surviving Music Hall
Britannia Panopticon The World's oldest surviving Music Hall

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.

Pickard's Picture House


June 21st, 28th

July 12th, 19th, 26th

August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 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 for the next Panopticon Picture House? Here it is: "I shot an arrow in the air; she fell to earth in Berkeley Square."
Pay what you feel.

The Drag-Opticon Show


June 23rd, July 21st, 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


June 24th, 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!

Silent Movie Night


July 5th, September 6th, October 28th



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

July's films will have a fantasy theme, and we will be showing: 

Alice in Wonderland (1915)
Pinocchio (1911)
Wizard of Oz (1910)
Ali Baba (1905)
The Cameraman's Revenge (Starewicz) (1912)
And an excerpt from Prince Achmed (1926)


Tickets available here.  

1917 Cine-Variety Show


July 8th, 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.

Laurel and Hardy film night


July 16th 

2pm & 6pm


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


Admission is free. 

The Merchants of Magic


July 22nd

1.30 & 3.30pm


Another magic cabaret from The Merchants of Magic. Come and see award-winning magicians who will amaze, astound and make you laugh. Tickets available here

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Life and Legend


July 22nd



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


Tickets available here

Chopin and Cake


July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th



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


Tickets available here

In the Mood - Swing Party

25th July


An evening of swing dancing, silent films and music transporting you back to the bygone era of liquor and jazz.

Featuring fine tunes selected by John Celestus, silent films and a lot of dancing. Come along and treat yourself with a very special night in a very special venue.


Tickets available here

Mad Hatter's Tea Party


July 26th

2pm - 5pm


An afternoon of fun for all the family with films, games and costumed characters.

Come join us at The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for our Mad hatters tea party. Bring along a picnic and join us for an afternoon of games, music and silent films suitable for all the family. You may even have a chance to meet some of your favourite characters so why not also come dressed up! Why not check out our Facebook page and website for some fabby picnic ideas. Leading up to the event we will be sharing with you some of our favourite recipes for a picnic and tea party which can be made with help from all the family.


Tickets available here

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



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

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

Comic Mart


September 2nd



The comic mart is back! Come see our fabulous array of vendors selling memorabilia, comics, figurines and collectibles. If you are interested in being a vendor please contact 


Admission free. 

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

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

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 online soon) or can be bought on the door on the night.

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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. 

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


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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