Britannia Music Hall, Glasgow Panopticon, Historic Building, Photos, Location

Panopticon : Music Hall Glasgow

The Britannia, Trongate, Strathclyde, west of Scotland

19 Sep 2013

Britannia Panopticon Glasgow

Scottish Theatre Buildings
19th September 2013 – Three Scottish theatres at risk of closure, demolition or redevelopment have been saved, report BBC Scotland today. The advisory body, the Theatres Trust, said the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow, Edinburgh’s New Victoria/Odeon and the Leith Theatre now have a secure future.

Address: The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 115 Trongate, Glasgow

Contact: 0141 553 0840

Location: Argyle Street, south side of Merchant City

Address: 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

The Britannia Music Hall photo from 16 Apr 2011

Britannia Panopticon Music Hall
photograph © Adrian Welch

Historic Music Hall Glasgow

Architects: Thomas Gildard & H.M.McFarlane

Status: Grade A-listed

Photo from 10 Feb 2011

Britannia Glasgow
photograph © Adrian Welch

Panopticon – News, Oct 2008

Glasgow’s first cabaret festival to raise cash for Britannia Music Hall restoration. The week-long festival next July will include a mix of theatre, cabaret and burlesque. Organised by Glasgow theatre group Rhymes with Purple.

Britannia Panopticon
Panopticon image © adrian welch

Panopticon – History

The Britannia Music Hall opened in 1857 and is Britian’s oldest music hall. It was formerly called Campbell’s Music Saloon. In 1903 the Music Hall closed, reopening in 1906 as the Panopticon or Britannia Theatre of Varieties and Panopticon. It became the Tron Cinema after 1922 but in 1927 was again titled Panopticon.

The Britannia closed in 1938 but the exterior – and much of the interior – of the former Music Hall remains. A campaign runs to restore the Britannia Music Hall and it featured in 2003 on the BBC Restoration programme.

Britannia Music Hall
Panopticon photo © Adrian Welch

Famous Britannia Music Hall performers include comedian Stan Laurel and actor Cary Grant

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Architecture in Strathclyde

Buildings/Areas adjacent to the Panoptican Music Hall:-
Trongate, Glasgow
Merchant City, East End
Tron Theatre
Glasgow Cross, Alba Town
Glasgow Cross
picture from architect
Candleriggs Market

News Excerpts from 2003 re the Panopticon:

Britannia Music Hall Opens
The Panopticon Theatre Glasgow’s Trongate is one of 60 city buildings opening up for free during Glasgow’s 13th Doors Open Day

Britannia Music Hall Renovation
The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is carrying out renovation on the Music Hall.

Prospect Debate – Panopticon, Glasgow: 21 Apr




Glasgow Armadillo
Clyde Auditorium
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Kelvingrove Gallery
Kelvingrove Gallery
photo : David Barbour / BDP

Commonwealth Arena Glasgow
Commonwealth Arena Glasgow
picture from architect

Prospect Debate on Iconic Buildings
Speakers incl Charles Jencks
Venue: Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

Website: Glasgow

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