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Tuesday 20th April 2021

Dear Friends and Followers,

We Hope to reopen the music hall soon. Until then, stay safe and stay well. Best wishes from the Britannia Panopticon Team.

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WORLDS OLDEST SURVIVING
MUSIC HALL

Britannia Panopticon
Britannia Panopticon

Brittania Panopticonelcome to The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall situated in Glasgow down New Wynd Lane, Trongate. This Music hall began in 1857 in the midst of the Victorian era when Glasgow's population was booming and streets were over crowded with folk desperate to work in one of the largest cities new industries. Music Halls were a popular form of entertainment and oten built at the back of pubs, though this one is different, being on the floor above! It would have held over 1500 visitors, eager to be amused and let off steam while watching the acts that ranged from singers, dancers and comedians. In 1906, an eccentric showman, A.E Pickard, brought in the carnival freak show and zoo where visitors could catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Bear in the basement or the Tattooed Lady in the attic.

Brittania PanopticonWe are a registered charity, operating in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre. Our aim is to promote and continue the legacy of the world’s oldest surviving music hall, advance the conservation and ensure the building’s future as a viable visitor attraction, museum and working venue. It's a huge part of Glasgow's entertainment history and we rely a lot on our wonderful customers who leave donations. If you wish to contribute in any way please click on support. We would love to have you onboard!

We are open for free general viewing Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5pm. Please note that we do not at this time have disabled access. We have a fantastic program of events which help to fundraise for this building such as silent films, comedy clubs, Drag-opticon, sing alongs and much more including our monthly old time music hall memories. For more upcoming shows, please look at our events for a great mix of entertainment suitable for all.

Inside there is an exhibition of ephemera, a merchandise stall with postcards, bags, posters, mugs, tee-shirts, stickers etc and of course our friendly staff and volunteers will be available to regale you with tales of the history of the world’s oldest surviving music hall from the unique acts that graced our stage, to the boisterous crowds and the secret to how this building never burnt down like so many other music halls!

LATEST NEWS

#SaveOurTheatres - Britannia Panopticon

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With no pantomime to shake our buckets at, we've decided to virtually shake our buckets
#SaveOurTheatres - Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
This fundraiser is to cover the short fall in our funding and ensure that we will reopen in 2021.

Every year we hold a bucket shake at our pantomime which raises us over £1,000 in vital funds. This year due to the global pandemic, we are unable to do this. We are facing a loss of income from ticket sales, merchandise and bar, as well as missing out on the opportunity for a traditional bucket collection. This is why we’d like to invite you to take part in a Virtual Bucket Collection this panto season.

Every year these donations are essential for ensuring that we have enough money to reopen in the spring and this year it's more important than ever. Please help us make sure that Britannia Panopticon isn't closed again.

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Reopening for visitors 2nd August 2020

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Dear Friends and Followers,
We are delighted to announce that we will be reopening Britannia Panopticon for visitors on Sunday 2nd August. Due to the Covid-19 guidance for visitor attractions, though, we have had to make some changes to how we allow access to the music hall and exhibition.

1. We will now be charging £3 admission (free for children under 14 years old) If you pay £5 you also get one of our special moustache masks (which cost £5 if you buy them from our merchandise stall or online)

2. All visits must be booked and paid for in advance. Times available are Sundays at 12 noon, 13.00, 14.00 & 15.00. Bookings can be made by emailing [email protected]

3. Bookings should be made by 16.00hours on the Friday before your visit.

4. Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

5. Please be aware that in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to protect volunteers and other visitors, no-one will be admitted without a face covering.

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