The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall The World's Oldest Surviving Music Hall in the heart of Glasgow. To find out when we are open please see our website www.britanniapanopticon.org
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The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon received charitable recognition in 1999 and has been established to assist the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall trust in its campaign to raise public awareness and ultimately restore this unique and valuable little auditorium.

The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon received charitable recognition in 1999 and has been established to assist the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall trust in its campaign to raise public awareness and ultimately restore this unique and valuable little auditorium.

Mission: To conserve the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall.

Operating as usual

25/01/2021
Auld Lang Syne

Hope you're all having a brilliant evening! Don't forget to make a toast to the bard and belt out Auld Lang Syne!
Here's a short video from 'Burns Night at the Panopticon' from 2019! What a fantastic evening we all had! We hope to see you soon for a live show.

Tonight is Burn's Night and we had hoped to bring to you a live show from the Panopticon over the wonder of the internet...
25/01/2021
Burns Night Variety

Tonight is Burn's Night and we had hoped to bring to you a live show from the Panopticon over the wonder of the internet, however, with the lock down restrictions still in place, this has not been possible, so instead, here's some footage from a Burn's Night long ago before we became the land of Covid-19, with additional fiddle playing by the Chairman of the Friends, Lawrence Dunn. We hope you enjoy it. Stay safe and stay well. https://youtu.be/ohdJqFRnasg

As we are unable to put on our annual Burns Night show we have decided to edit some of the brilliant acts from 'Burns Night at the Panopticon 2019 day 1'.Enj...

Bernie showing us how to dress for the Panopticon. Maybe we should have our own mittens! 😄🥶#berniesanders
22/01/2021

Bernie showing us how to dress for the Panopticon. Maybe we should have our own mittens! 😄🥶
#berniesanders

01/01/2021

#HappyNewYear2021 we hope you all stay safe and have a wonderful 2021. Thankyou for supporting us through 2020. Your sharing, posting, donating and comments have helped keep us going and we hope to welcome you back to Britannia Panopticon Music Hall soon. With love from the Britannia Panopticon team and trustees.

Happy New Year everyone, hopefully we'll get to see you soon!!!! 🥳🎉Here's to 2021!🥂Have a good one and stay safe!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year everyone, hopefully we'll get to see you soon!!!! 🥳🎉
Here's to 2021!🥂
Have a good one and stay safe!

25/12/2020
Auntie Effie

Our Resident dame Auntie Effie with an alternative Christmas message .

Please if your able this Christmas consider donating at the link below so we can work towards reopening once permitted

Merry Christmas to our friends and followers. Thank you so much for sharing and caring throughout this difficult year. M...
23/12/2020

Merry Christmas to our friends and followers. Thank you so much for sharing and caring throughout this difficult year. May you Christmas be merry and bright and we hope that we will see you in a happier 2021.
From all of us at Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

https://youtu.be/PdGnl6sxTYo

23/12/2020

Thank you to everyone who donated to our #virtualbucketshaker with #saveourtheatres. You helped us raise another £1190 to help ensure the future reopening of Britannia Panopticon post pandemic.

20/12/2020
Judith, Kavita and Maya make Christmas baubles out of paper in this challenging festive Origami make

In the 3rd and final of Judith's Christmas makes comedian, Kavita Bhardwaj, and her daughter Maya try the hardest origami challenge yet, the BAUBLE. Are you up to the challenge? If you want to have a go you will need 2 x 3" squares of stiff paper or thin card and a tube of UHU glue. Gift bags are really good for this make. And to add to the festive atmosphere, why not download and play the Britannia Panopticon's charming, heart-warming, nostalgic Christmas single from 1915, "Here Comes Old Father Christmas" from https://www.britanniapanopticon.org/digital/christmas only 99p. All proceeds go the keeping the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall alive. And don't forget our Christmas show "Christmas Cracker!" is now available to stream free on the Britannia Panopticon YouTube channel (check our FaceBook event "Christmas Cracker"). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Crackers
20/12/2020
Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers

Join us and our dashing volunteers as we present a variety of festive music and poems to help you get into the Christmas spirit. This is a free event but do ...

Join our dashing volunteers as they Sing songs, read poems and much more to get you into the Christmas spirit this year....
19/12/2020
Christmas Crackers

Join our dashing volunteers as they Sing songs, read poems and much more to get you into the Christmas spirit this year. 'Christmas Crackers' is now available on our YouTube page for you to enjoy.
Please leave a donation if you can to our CrowdFunder Page, we're getting close to reaching our target, every penny counts!
For now stay safe!

Join us and our dashing volunteers as we present a variety of festive music and poems to help you get into the Christmas spirit. This is a free event but do ...

Join our dashing volunteers as they Sing songs, read poems and much more to get you into the Christmas spirit this year....
19/12/2020
Christmas Crackers

Join our dashing volunteers as they Sing songs, read poems and much more to get you into the Christmas spirit this year. 'Christmas Crackers' is now available on our YouTube page for you to enjoy.
Please leave a donation if you can to our CrowdFunder Page, we're getting close to reaching our target, every penny counts!
For now stay safe!

Join us and our dashing volunteers as we present a variety of festive music and poems to help you get into the Christmas spirit. This is a free event but do ...

19/12/2020
Judith, Kavita and Maya make Christmas baubles out of paper in this challenging festive Origami make

In the 3rd and final of Judith's Christmas makes comedian, Kavita Bhardwaj, and her daughter Maya try the hardest origami challenge yet, the BAUBLE. Are you up to the challenge? If you want to have a go you will need 2 x 3" squares of stiff paper or thin card and a tube of UHU glue. Gift bags are really good for this make. And to add to the festive atmosphere, why not download and play the Britannia Panopticon's charming, heart-warming, nostalgic Christmas single from 1915, "Here Comes Old Father Christmas" from https://www.britanniapanopticon.org/digital/christmas only 99p. All proceeds go the keeping the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall alive. And don't forget our Christmas show "Christmas Cracker!" is now available to stream free on the Britannia Panopticon YouTube channel (check our FaceBook event "Christmas Cracker"). Merry Christmas!

CINE - CINDERELLA unfortunately we have to cancel our planned Cine-Cinderella show . Due to the ongoing restrictions inc...
16/12/2020

CINE - CINDERELLA

unfortunately we have to cancel our planned Cine-Cinderella show . Due to the ongoing restrictions including entering tier 4 and cast availability after tier 4 ( having already isolated and bubbled for initial filming ) on review of the footage we do have we do not feel confident that the film would be of the quality we expect of a Panto-opticon show . Some small snippets will be posted on the Britannia panopticon and The Vesta Girls social media pages so keep a look out for them and we apologise for the inconvenience caused ​.

Merry Christmas and we can’t wait to welcome you back properly in 2021.

Join Judith and Auntie Effie making Santa and Rudolph paper chains this Sunday at 3pm right here on this page. Great fun...
11/12/2020

Join Judith and Auntie Effie making Santa and Rudolph paper chains this Sunday at 3pm right here on this page. Great fun to make with your children.

04/12/2020
Learn how to make a fabulous 3D Christmas tree card with Judith Bowers and Alana Duvey this coming Sunday at 3pm. All yo...
03/12/2020

Learn how to make a fabulous 3D Christmas tree card with Judith Bowers and Alana Duvey this coming Sunday at 3pm. All you need is a piece of paper (at least A4 in size) and a pair of scissors.

#VirtualBucketShaker with #saveourtheatres update. We are up to £480!Thank you everyone who has donated so far. Only £15...
01/12/2020
#SaveOurTheatres - Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

#VirtualBucketShaker with #saveourtheatres update. We are up to £480!
Thank you everyone who has donated so far.
Only £1520 to go before we hit our target and can be sure we have enough to keep Britannia Panopticon going until we can reopen in spring of 2021.
If you can, please donate today https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/0ce56d34dbfaa55bc92cd452edab0ea4

We’re part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to enable us to hold our annual bucket shake, but this year it’s online.

26/11/2020

Grant F Kidd and Judith Bowers recently did an interview for Pauline Mclean BBC Scotland. If you missed it, here's the link. We hope you enjoy it.

With no pantomime to shake our buckets at, we've decided to virtually shake our buckets https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/0c...
25/11/2020
#SaveOurTheatres - Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

With no pantomime to shake our buckets at, we've decided to virtually shake our buckets https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/0ce56d34dbfaa55bc92cd452edab0ea4

This fundraiser is to cover the short fall in our funding and ensure that we will reopen in 2021.

Please donate, share and help us spread the word.
Thank you!

We’re part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to enable us to hold our annual bucket shake, but this year it’s online.

PERSONALISED MESSAGE FROM FAIRY GODMOTHER Do you know someone who would like a little Christmas message from Fairy Godmo...
24/11/2020

PERSONALISED MESSAGE FROM FAIRY GODMOTHER

Do you know someone who would like a little Christmas message from Fairy Godmother or do you have something you want to say but don’t know how or just want to make it extra special ?

Then why not get our Fairy Godmother to do it for you ?

Get a personalised Fairy Godmother message ( provided by Auntie Effie) for only £5 ( all money goes to The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music SCIO)

Messages are available in either Children’s / Family version or Adults Version ( adults version may contain innuendo etc )

Suggested messages include :

Wishing someone a merry Christmas
Wedding proposals
Pregnancy announcements
Letting a child know what gift Santa is making for them
Or anything you fancy

To book please email [email protected]
using Subject FAIRY GODMOTHER

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Name of recipient

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Email address video is to be sent to

Please note we reserve the right to refuse any requests .

Corporate and business videos ( “as a busy fairy godmother I always like to stop off at ( insert restaurant ) for good quality home cooked food etc “) available for £100 and subject to Additional approvals

Christmas is coming and although there is still 40 sleeps before Santa comes, why not start getting into the festive spi...
13/11/2020
Britannia Panopticon

Christmas is coming and although there is still 40 sleeps before Santa comes, why not start getting into the festive spirit and support a charity at the same time by downloading our Christmas Single "Here Comes Old Father Christmas" one of the first ever commercial Christmas songs which was originally performed by music hall great, Harry Champion in 1915. All proceeds go to ensuring the future of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall campaign. Click this link to download your copy today. https://britanniapanopticon.org/digital/christmas
#music #charity #fundraising
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Welcome 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...

Our resident panto dame Auntie Effie has been included on the “ain’t nothing like a dame “ t shirt on moodybear featurin...
06/11/2020

Our resident panto dame Auntie Effie has been included on the “ain’t nothing like a dame “ t shirt on moodybear featuring some of the uks top panto dames .

Don’t forget you can get your annual panto dose of Effie this Christmas in Cine Cinderella - an online timed version of Cinderella since we can’t open for a love show .

Tickets and details available at universe.com/cinecinders

Ain't Nothin' Like a Dame! Celebrate Panto Dame in style!

From the mind of the biggest Dame David Dale!

#panto #dame #ukdrag #drag

https://themoodybear.com/pantodame.html

We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO) have been awarded £20,000 ...
06/11/2020

We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO) have been awarded £20,000 to ensure that we can keep the campaign alive, Britannia Panopticon maintained and ensure we can reopen in the music hall in spring 2021 when we hope it will be safe to do so. Thank you Creative Scotland!

A broad range of 203 organisations and venues across 29 Local Authority areas have received a total of £11.75m in emergency support through the Scottish Government’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund.

Read the full story on our website:

https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/11/funds-reach-culture-organisations

Bargain Hunt update. For us folks in Scotland, we will have to watch this coming Friday's (6th November) episode on iPla...
02/11/2020

Bargain Hunt update.
For us folks in Scotland, we will have to watch this coming Friday's (6th November) episode on iPlayer as we are being treated to a Coronavirus Update instead. For England and Northern Ireland, it will be transmitted at 12.15pm, and in Wales it may be broadcast a little bit earlier at 11.45, but at the time of writing this the time is still to be confirmed.
I hope that made sense?
Here's a couple of pics of Natasha in Britannia Panopticon.

Exciting News! Britannia Panopticon will be the back drop to this coming Friday's episode of Bargain Hunt! So don't forg...
02/11/2020

Exciting News! Britannia Panopticon will be the back drop to this coming Friday's episode of Bargain Hunt! So don't forget to tune in or catch up on iPlayer for some lovely shots of our beautiful music hall.

31/10/2020
Castle Perfect

The last of our posts for Black History Month is a video of the James Reese Europe tune Castle Perfect we performed at the Panopticon on Armistice Day 2018.
James Reese Europe was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. He was the leading figure on the African Americans music scene of New York City in the 1910s. In February and March 1918, He and his military band (The Harlem Hellfighters) travelled over 2,000 miles in France. He is considered to be the man who introduced jazz to the French

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113-117 Trongate
Glasgow
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113-117 Trongate Glasgow G1 5HD Remember that entrance to most of our shows is via the New Wynd, the small lane between T.J.Hughes and Mitchell's Amusement Arcade. Nearest train stations are Argyle Street and High Street, but if you don't mind a 10 minute walk, Central Station & Queen Street Station are also conveniently close by. Buses: First Bus 62, 61 & 64 stop right outside Britannia Panopticon. Car parking is also available at the St. Enoch Centre, Kings Street, Glasshouse on Glassford Street and the NCP carpark on Albion Street. Subway - The nearest Subway station is St. Enoch. When you come out of the St Enoch Underground station onto Argyle Street, turn right and walk in a straight line towards Glasgow Cross. We are just beyond T.J.Hughes

General information

The Britannia Music Hall (The Panopticon) in Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. Built in 1857 by Thomas Gildard and H. M. McFarlane, it has hosted some of the biggest names on the Music hall circuit. In 1906 Stan Laurel made his first stage appearance there on amateur night. In that same year A. E. Pickard bought the building and changed its name to the Panopticon. He also undertook some major works, installing a freak show, a roof top carnival and a waxworks. He also excavated the basement and installed an indoor zoo. The Panopticon was one of the first buildings in Glasgow become powered by electricity and one of the first cinemas in Scotland. It closed in 1938 when it was sold to a tailors and converted to a workshop. It is currently being conserved by a trust who regularly perform traditional shows in the auditorium. It is now protected as a category A listed building.

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Britannia Panopticon began life in the late 1850s when Glasgow was bursting at the seams with humanity. Thousands of workers had flocked to the city to work in the mills, factories, foundries, shipyards and collieries. They lived in the worst conditions imaginable; single ends* housed one third of the population, lodging houses where they crammed eight to a bed were available for those who couldn’t afford a single end and if you couldn’t afford a sliver of bed space then the penny line** was a slightly better option than the poorhouses and workhouses.

The social and working conditions of the workers of this industrial empire were not so much intangible as unimaginable to us today; men, women and children toiled in the most atrocious and dangerous conditions, the stench of the sewers, the thick smoke that belched from the factories and mills and made the air thick and foul to breathe, the lack of indoor and outdoor plumbing etc. would be insufferable to our modern and delicate dispositions – only the strongest survived.

The audience of the Britannia Music Hall (as it was originally known) comprised 1500 of these people, who would cram into the small auditorium four times a day, squeezing up cheek to cheek (so to speak) on the rough wooden benches that served as seating for those who could afford it. Those who couldn’t got to stand at the sides and back of the hall. Where-ever they sat and whoever they were, they all came for the same reason, to be entertained, blow off steam, have a laugh (usually at the expense of the act on stage if they weren’t up to muster) and escape from their difficult lives. But this was an audience that had for generations cut its teeth on the barbarous practice of public punishments and executions, which in Glasgow had been the only form of legitimate entertainment from the 1550s to the 1750s. Consequently the Glasgow audience evolved over the generations into a merciless mob who literally left no turn un-stoned. In Britannia Music Hall the turns (acts) could find themselves pelted with Shipyard rivets, nails, rancid turnips and horse manure, whilst urine might rain down on them from the balcony. However, if the turn appealed to the Britannia’s audience, they would be rewarded with thunderous applause and foot-stamping instead.

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Pleasantly surprised to hear the Panopticon getting a wee namecheck on BBC Doctors today. 🥰🥰
Did anyone else notice Paul Merton's t-shirt on Have I Got News For You this week? https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000pzgr/have-i-got-news-for-you-series-60-episode-9
They used to be held indoors!
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Can you please confirm that Stan and Ollie is still being shown on Wednesday? Thanks
Kirstie Gavin Nicol this page
Is there anyone here that recognises a song with the lyrics (or title) 'We rock away on the billows gay'? It's possibly a music hall or old drinking song.
are u showing rupaul uk tomorow night how much get in ###
STV production Dramarama from 1987 tells the story of Stan Laurels first stage appearance at the Panopticon Theatre Glasgow 1906.