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Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
+44 141 553 0840
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Britannia Panopticon is the worlds oldest surviving music hall. It opened in 1857 above a pub called the Britannia Vaults and it served the working classes who made Glasgow the Industrial Capital of the World. For over 80 years Britannia entertained, and in addition to being a music hall, the building also accommodated early cinema, wax works, carnival amusements, freak show and basement zoo.Famous debut performances include Stan Laurel in 1906 and Jack Buchanan in 1911. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon - 4pm (unless a show is programmed) from April - November for general viewing.Britannia Panopticon is also open for music hall shows, silent movie and Laurel & Hardy film nights, marts, festivals and other events. Admission is generally free (we charge to get back out). Please donate when you visit to help us raise money to conserve this wonderful historic survivor from the heyday of music hall and early cinema. Britannia Panopticon is also available for private hire (conditions apply).
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113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A wonderful hidden theatre. The likes of Stan Laurel started his career here along with Cary Grant. Brilliant

Thank mickandkath56
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Visited on a very cold Saturday night for the first time, with a 9 year old. The audience was small but the performance was still great. The cast really worked hard to get everyone involved and it's well worth a visit. The hairy fairy was...More

Thank angela D
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

We went to see Puss in Boots at the weekend and absolutely loved it . The cast were phenomenal , especially in dealing with the little tech issues and the fact the building is freezing .The girl playing Kitty had a fantastic voice and a...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Have visited this Venue on several occasions over many years. The Theatre has been renovated over a long period of time by Volunteers who also perform in many productions and many Stars began there careers here, one of the most prominent being Stan Laurel of...More

Thank Graham D
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

I have never seen a performance in the building but I would encourage everyone who visits Glasgow not to miss having a look inside. In its own way this building is as historically interesting as the Parthenon in Athens or the Pyramids at Giza. I...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

During 'open door week' I visited this tiny gem. The atmosphere is fantastic and makes up for it's rather poor state of repair. Through flaking paint and varnish one can glimpse the acts of a golden era of live, intimate performance and communal pleasures.

Thank Colin W
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

We bought some sweets at the corner candy store and the woman there recommended that we visit the theater. What a delightful treat! We came in while they were singing 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' and looked at the information they had posted along...More

Thank pitufo00
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Called in by chance and found a fascinating history of Music Hall and Stan Laurel's first stage appearances. Got to try the pianolas too!

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is a free attraction and it won't be for everyone but it is well worth a visit. It is the world's oldest surviving music hall and where Stan Laurel made his theatrical debut. It was sealed off in the upper floor of the building...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

The world's oldest surviving music hall is a real hidden treasure. It's very atmospheric and gives a real sense of bygone days. There is some interesting information about acts from the past on display, such as Stan Laurel. My friend and I attended a Victorian...More

1  Thank Clare S
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eljaRome
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Hi there, apologies for the delay in answering, I have been out of office since last week! We are open from Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5 as of the 18th of April
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