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

#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

Message

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

Thank you everyone who tuned in last night for Ghost Stories From Around the World. Don't worry if you missed it, it wil...
31/10/2020
Ghost Stories from around the world - ONLINE

Thank you everyone who tuned in last night for Ghost Stories From Around the World. Don't worry if you missed it, it will be streaming again this evening between 7pm - midnight. Get your tickets at www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline
Happy Halloween!

Ghost Stories from around the world - ONLINE by The Friends of The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO) - Saturday, October 31, 2020 07:00 PM at 101 Trongate in . Buy tickets and find information on Universe.

Don't forgot tonight and tomorrow night (30th & 31st October) we have a very special Halloween show to add some spookle ...
30/10/2020

Don't forgot tonight and tomorrow night (30th & 31st October) we have a very special Halloween show to add some spookle to your festivities.
Ghost Stories From Around the World is a fundraiser. The show will be performed by a limited number of volunteers (a huge thank you to those of you that have volunteered!) and will be uploaded to a private YouTube link. Those who have purchased tickets will receive the link an hour or so before the show is uploaded. Money raised will go towards the upkeep of the theatre.

Tickets are only £10 per household plus booking fee and can be purchased from the following link:

www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline

Tickets will be available to purchase until 3pm of the day of the show.

The video will be available on the day from 7pm until midnight.

Help keep our theatre alive by sharing with your networks and tuning in for some ghostly tales this Halloween!

Take care and have a Happy Halloween!

28/10/2020

Not long till our Ghost Stories show!
A huge thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets so far.
You can still grab a ticket at
www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline
We have spine tingling tales and spooky tunes that will get you in the Hallowee'n mood. 🎃👻

24/10/2020
Ghost Stories from Around the World

Ghost Stories from around the World returns this halloween! Join us for some spooky tales and help fundraise for our campaign.
We have tales of nordic spells, Irish folklore, Scottish ghouls and Indian spirits plus music than will set you in the Hallowe'en mood.
There will be two showings, 30th and 31st of October from 7pm.
Grab your tickets at
www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline
👻🎃👻🎃

24/10/2020
Castle House Rag

his is a video of the James Reese Europe tune Castle House Rag 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

23/10/2020

Panopticon Comedy Club Online!
Join Kavita and a selection of hilarious comedians as they help raise funds for the Pantopicon during lockdown.
A big thank you to all that have taken part!
Sit back and enjoy and feel free to leave a donation if you can!

17/10/2020
Castle Doggy Foxtrot

Especially for Black History Month - this is a video of the James Reese Europe tune The Castle Doggy Fox Trot 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

14/10/2020

Ghost Stories from around the World will be online! We have a selection of frightening tales that will get you in the spooky spirit this #halloween.
👻
tickets at
www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline

11/10/2020

Ready for Hallowe'en? We have a selection of spooky tales inluding our very own swamp fairy who will be retelling a devilish story of stingy jack.🎃
Get your tickets here:
www.universe.com/ghoststoriesonline
Proceeds go to maintaining the world's oldest surviving music hall. :)

10/10/2020
Ballin' the Jack

Especially for Black History Month -
this is a video of the James Reese
Europe tune Ballin' the Jack 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

03/10/2020
Clef Club March

This is a video of the James Reese Europe tune Clef Club March 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
I'll post one each Saturday this month starting today to celebrate Black History Month.

03/10/2020

As it is Black History month this month I thought I could post videos of the James Reese Europe tunes 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
I'll post one each Saturday starting today.

27/09/2020

Broadcast Live from Britannia Panopticon

Mhora and the Panopticon Trust (our sister trust that is fundraising to buy the building) have just announced a new supp...
23/09/2020

Mhora and the Panopticon Trust (our sister trust that is fundraising to buy the building) have just announced a new supporter - Ross King!

We’re delighted to announce that Scottish television presenter and international celebrity Ross King is publicly supporting the Panopticon Trust’s campaign to raise funds to purchase and restore the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and secure its future.

“As a proud Glaswegian now living in Los Angeles I support the Trustees of the Panopticon Trust which aims to purchase and restore Glasgow’s Oldest Music Hall Theatre for the people of Glasgow by re-inventing it as a vibrant community hub and popular entertainments venue for the 21st Century.

The history of this wonderful place is truly amazing and it deserves its place in the world of Show Business not only in Glasgow but across the globe.

The importance of this building is immense and to have it restored for future generations to see it and perform in it will continue to show the world that we have a truly iconic theatre in Glasgow. Wishing everyone success with this venture.“

Ross King

For details on how to donate visit the Panopticon Trust Website www.panopticontrust.org/donate

19/09/2020
The VESTA girls

The VESTA girls

Join the Vesta girls as they talk sh*te for an hour on Saturday night . Ask them questions about life , Subzero sequins , drag , it’s been 6 months of near boredom so will prob answer most questions 😜.

Also your chance to get your hands on some Vesta memorabilia .

19/09/2020
Judith from the attic.

Judith continues her history of the Panopticon from the top floor of the Britannia Panopticon.

19/09/2020
Albert and the Lion

Peter Crilly, Panopticon volunteer guide and performer, retells the comedy monologue, Albert and the Lion. Written by Marriott Edgar and made famous by Stanley Holloway, Albert and the Lion is a classic example of the kind of monologues that were popular in the music halls. Enjoy the humour of a gentler era?

18/09/2020
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Janet Muir

Do you believe in ghosts? Janet Janet Muir, one of our longest serving volunteers and supporters tells the true story of her Great, Great uncle and the spooky connection.

The VESTA girls
17/09/2020

The VESTA girls

Hello Everyone, Sally Starshine here

Just a wee note to say that if you are up bright and early In the morning, tune into The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Open Doors Broadcast at 9am, and you'll see a wee film I made a while ago to say hello, and hopefully cheer everybody up.
Its a wee peek into my Fabulous Dressing Room, well actually it's just two wardrobes with a few frocks hung up on the doors to give the illusion of a walk in wardrobe, my wee house in Auchtershoogle is not exactly Dressing Room Number One at The Kings after all, anyway, if you want a wee bit of glamour while you're dribbling your cornflakes down your goonie, or plopping a dollop of marmalade off your toast and into your tea, why not do all of that while watching a film starring me.

Enjoy !

Lots of Love

Sally Starshine💛

16/09/2020
Judith in balcony

Judith continues her live feed from Britannia Panopticon. #glasgowdoorsopendays

11/07/2020
The VESTA girls

Broadcast live from The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Join The Vesta Girls and Diana Monte for a good old gossip this Saturday at 8pm

Address

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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They used to be held indoors!
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My latest inspiration 🌹
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.
Still around, just busy/tired :) hope you are all well, I know I missed lots. HUGS!
Hi going to pop in for a hour or 2 if that is ok x