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Strictly Come Dancing the Live Tour 2023 at Manchester AO Arena – tickets, celebrity dancers, stage times and more

Here's all the information you need if you're heading down to Strictly Come Dancing Live at the AO Arena this weekend.

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The glitz and glamour of the Strictly Come Dancing will come shimmying into Manchester this weekend when the hit show’s live tour returns to the AO Arena.

With four shows lined up at the venue over the course of the next two days, it’s one of the biggest events in this year’s cultural calendar.

The massive Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2023 spans 32 shows across the UK, with recent celebrity contestants paired up with the BBC show’s professional dancers.

The Strictly judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, and Anton Du Beke, will be on hand with their pantomime villain-esque take on the performances.

Speaking about the upcoming tour, Fleur East said: “As a huge Strictly fan, being part of the TV competition has been an unbelievable experience and I’m absolutely over the moon to have the chance to get back into those fabulous sequinned outfits for the live tour!”


Helen Skelton said: “Strictly has been the adventure of a lifetime and I’m so happy that it will continue on the live tour. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans across the country and performing my favourite dances from the series. I can’t wait!”

When is Strictly Come Dancing Live at the AO Arena?

Host Janette Manrara. Credit: Publicity Picture

There are four Strictly shows lined up in Manchester at the AO Arena, making it one of the biggest stops on the tour.


Strictly Come Dancing the Live Tour will be on both Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2023.

The shows will take place at 1pm and 6pm on Saturday, and 12pm and 5pm on Sunday.

What’s the show’s format?

Directed again by Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Live Tour showcases all the choreography, live music and sparkle of the much-loved TV series.


Seven celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners will twirl and shimmy their way across the AO Arena ballroom floor, ready for the tour judges to provide their wisdom and scores.

But it’s the audience who ultimately call the shots, voting for their favourites via text from within the arena, with a champion crowned at the end of every show.

Which celebrities are taking part?

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2023 is on the way to Manchester. Credit: Publicity picture

This year’s Strictly champions Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal are on the line-up, along with runners-up Helen Skelton and Kai Widdrington, Fleur East and Vito Coppola, and Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu.

Also hoping to lift the Strictly Live Tour glitterball trophy are Will Mellor and Nancy Xu, Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin, and Tyler West and Dianne Buswell.

Ready for the huge professional numbers there’ll be six more professional dancers heading out on tour – Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Robbie Kmetoni, Jake Leigh, Luba Mushtuk and Michelle Tsiakkas.


Can I still buy tickets?

You can, actually! There’s limited availability for the afternoon performances but still a fair few tickets for the evening shows.

Those remaining tickets are priced between £42.50 to £64.95.

You can buy yours from Ticketmaster here.

What are the other tour dates?

  • 20–22 January – Birmingham Utilita Arena
  • 24-25 January – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • 26-27 January – Leeds First Direct Arena
  • 28-29 January – Manchester AO Arena
  • 31 January – Sheffield Utilita Arena
  • 01-02 February – Newcastle Utilita Arena
  • 03-05 February – London The O2 Arena
  • 07-08 February – Belfast SSE Arena
  • 10-12 February – Glasgow OVO Hydro

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