Scotland’s only privately run theatre, the Scottish National Theatre of Variety.
One of Glasgow’s oldest theatres, the Pavilion Theatre originally opened in February 1904 as a Music Hall. The building has remained relatively unchanged in layout, although the sound and lighting systems have been updated over the years. It is now protected as a category A listed building.
The theatre was designed by Bertie Crewe as the Glasgow venue of Thomas Barrasford’s growing chain of British Music Halls, and was regarded as luxurious for its time. Many of the leading music hall artistes of the early 20th century appeared at the Pavilion, including Marie Lloyd, Little Tich, Harry Lauder, Sarah Bernhardt and a then unknown Charlie Chaplin.
The Pavilion Theatre is now the only privately run theatre in Scotland and one of a few unsubsidised independent theatres left in Britain outside London. The theatre mainly runs populist productions and pantomimes, as well as comedians and touring bands on the ‘nostalgia’ circuit giving the Pavilion it’s well earned title: The Scottish National Theatre of Variety.