Open Days


We are open for General Viewing Tuesday-Saturday noon - 5pm. 


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.



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.

La Nuit de l'Instant


April 26th



La Nuit de l’Instant is a collaboration between Street Level Photoworks and Centre Photographique Marseille and is a projection-based event celebrating the still and the moving image in joyful and compelling ways. The event marks Glasgow’s links with its twin-town of Marseille with new works by Camille Fallet, Valentine Vermeil and Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte produced from exchange residencies between the two cities, alongside works selected by Erick Gudimard/CPM from Marie Chéné and Didier Nadeau, Sylvia Donis, Flavie Pinatel, Valérie Horwicz and Lisa Lucciardi. The theme is that of 'Love Letters'.

Projection works selected by Street Level Photoworks from artists in Northern European countries which we have links with will be shown in the main screening venue Britannia Panopticon and include Taavi Talve, Marge Monko (Estonia), Mari Hokkanen (Finland), Julija Goyd (Lithuania), and Ieva Balode (Latvia). 

The works will be showcased across four different locations concentrated around Street Level - main screening venue for single screen programme is Brittania Panopticon, then with installation work in Gallery 103, Avant Garde Function Room and Street Level’s studio. 

Silent Comedy Films


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

Doors open 6.30pm

Show starts 7pm


Tickets £5 available here 

Family friendly


On May 2nd Gladstone's Bag present 'The Kid' starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan with live music and sound effects!


Chaplin's first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him.


Also showing Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in "The Rough House", and Winsor McKay's "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend".

The Drag-Opticon Show


May 4thJune 1stJuly 6thAugust 3rdSeptember 7thOctober 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. Performed in and contributing to the charity restoration of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, Glasgow. The oldest surviving Music Hall in the world!

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!

Merchants of Magic


May 5th, July 21st

Doors open 1pm

Show starts 1.30pm


Doors open 4pm

Show starts 4.30pm

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:
The Grumpy Magicians
The Dynamic Duo
John Rossie
Francis Girola
Andrew McKinlay

The Shimmy and Shine Show


May 6th 

Doors open 6.00pm

Show starts 6.30pm


18+ Only

It is SAUCY, SASSY and SILLY... as students past and present of the Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret bring burlesque back to its’ spiritual Scottish home - The Britannia Panopticon.

The Panopticon Comedy Club


May 11th 

Doors open 7.30pm

Show starts 8.00pm

Tickets £5 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!


Confirmed performers so far are: 
Kavita Bhardwaj
Edward Whitley
Gabriel Featherstone
Taryam Boyd

Ticket link coming soon!

1918 Cine-Variety Show


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.

Friday Night at the Panopticon


May 25th, June 29th, July 27th, August 31st, September 28th, October 26th, November 30th

Doors 7.30pm

Show starts 8pm

£7/£5 concession

18+ Only 


This month we are partnering with the fabulous Speakin' Cajun!


Brace yourself for an exciting night of richly layered contemporary & Louisiana music and thought-provoking spoken word in this straight-from-the-bayou cabaret theatre extravaganza of words and melody. Music from The Jennifer Ewan Band and performance poetry from Sam Small, Victoria McNult, Angie Strachan, Imogen Stirling, Finola Scott and Max Scratchmann.

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. 

Laurel and Hardy Film Screening


June 6th, 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.

Haunted Sleepover


Begins June 23rd 


Ends June 24th




Our haunted sleepover is back!
Early bird tickets are £25 and are available until 5pm 19th April, must be paid by 11th May, if they are not paid for by this date they will be released and put on general sale.
To book early bird tickets email
After all the early bird tickets are gone general tickets are £30.
There is limited availability so book quickly!
This event is 18+

Come back soon to check for updates or email

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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


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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