Where is Strictly Come Dancing filmed? Set location for BBC series, can I visit and how to get tickets

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Strictly Come Dancing is one of the most popular series on the BBC’s annual calendar.

The show is now in its thirteenth season. If you have been a fan for a long time, you might be wondering where exactly it is filmed and if you are able to watch the show live.

Here is all you need to know:

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Where is Strictly Come Dancing filmed?

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is now filmed at the Elstree Studio. It is located in Borehamwood, London.

The show moved from the BBC Television Studio in 2012 and has filmed at Elstree ever since. Part of the series will also be filmed at Blackpool Tower once again in 2022.

During the pandemic, Strictly filmed exclusively at Elstree Studio. Dancers have long coverted the opportunity to reach the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, but the 2020 and 2021 series did not film at the iconic location.

Strictly Come Dancing also filmed at Wembley Arena in 2011 and again in 2012.

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Can you visit the Strictly Come Dancing set?

Elstree Studio is a working studio and does not allow tours. But the Strictly Come Dancing set is in the George Lucas stage and it has space for a live audience of 750.

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How do you get tickets to watch Strictly Come Dancing?

Fans can apply to be in the live audience of Strictly each year. Tickets are allocated by a randow draw from those who have filled in applications.

The BBC explains the process on its website: “Registration for this year's one-off live special recording from Blackpool Tower Ballroom closed at 10pm on Sunday 11 September.

“Registration for tickets to this year's Strictly Come Dancing live shows closed at 10pm on Sunday 28 August.

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“Registration to join us in the studio for an exciting Professional Dancers Pre-Record on Wednesday 24 August and for this year's Launch Show, which is recording in advance of the live shows on Wednesday 7 September, closed at 10pm on Sunday 7 August.

“Information about December dates coming soon.

“As in previous years, tickets will be allocated by random draw.

“Find all the information about the application process on the Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Terms and Conditions page of our website.”

What else is filmed at Elstree Studio?

The studio has been the filming location of some of the most iconic movies, TV shows and music videos of all time. Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining as well as the first Star Wars film were all shot at Elstree.

The music video for Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody“ was filmed at Elstree in the 1970s. Shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Big Brother have also filmed at Elstree.

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