Glasgow's Lost Theatre

The Story of the Britannia Music Hall

By Judith Bowers, Judith McLay

Format: Paperback

From music hall to chicken farm, the building in Glasgow's Trongate that houses one of the oldest surviving music hall in Britain boasts a remarkable story in the history of popular entertainment.

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Music-hall stars such as Jack Buchanan, Charles Coburn, Harry Lauder, Dan Leno and Vesta Tilley all trod the boards at what started life as the Britannia Music Hall, as did a certain Stan Laurel, who made his debut there in 1906. Under the management of A.E. Pickard, the Panopticon, as it became known, widened its range of attractions to include freak shows, waxworks, a carnival and a zoo, continuing to draw the crowds until 1938. During the next sixty years, however, its very existence faded into memory as the building was converted and its auditorium sealed off. It was only in 1997 that Judith Bowers discovered the theatre, since when she has made it her mission to bring the Britannia back to life. In this book Judith Bowers, founder of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust, traces the history of this magical place and the people who performed there, and tells the fascinating story of how the Britannia is being restored to its former glory.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 22 Sep 2014
ISBN 9781780272122
Number of Pages 208

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'A dramatic, compelling story, lovingly told and accompanied by evocative images' 

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