Wednesday 7 December 2016

Want to be part of the Late Late Toy Show audience? You better act fast!

Laura Larkin

Published 26/10/2016 | 20:14

Ryan Tubridy with prospective performers for this year's Late Late Toy Show
Ryan Tubridy with prospective performers for this year's Late Late Toy Show

The annual scramble for coveted Toy Show tickets has peaked, with 100,000 people applying for tickets in just two weeks.

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The Late Late Toy Show has long been a staple in Ireland’s festive calendar and each year those who sit in the audience in Donnybrook are rewarded with toys and gifts that are doled out on a “one for everyone in the audience” basis.

“It is incredible, how popular these tickets are.

“Everywhere we go, especially now that we have taken the show on the road, I get people asking ‘any tickets, Ryan’ They really are the golden ticket and it just shows how beloved the Toy Show still is after all these years. Good luck to everyone who has applied,” host Ryan Tubridy said.

There will be lots of disappointed hopefuls as Christmas nears however as there are only 200 of the coveted tickets up for grabs.

Tickets are allocated on a random basis and no closing date has yet been set for applying for tickets but people are urged to get their applications in as quickly as possible.

Read more: Revealed (and in plenty of time): The top toys for Christmas 2016

This year the show hit the road for a nationwide audition tour to pick the country’s rising stars as they sought Ireland’s young singers, dancers and musicians to take part in the show.

Their search has proved fruitful it seems as the producers gear up for the biggest ever opening number when the show screens on December 2.

“We have been very impressed with the acts that we have seen over the past three days and we have definitely uncovered some hidden gems who are going shine on the big night,” producer Katherine Drohan said.

The song and dance which opens the show each year will be based on a movie this year and students from a IADT in Dun Laoghaire have been drafted in to help out.

Auditions finished in Dundalk yesterday and preparations for this year’s show are in full swing.

To apply for tickets log on to www.rte.ie/tv/latelate/

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