Late Late Toy Show theme revealed

The programme will feature a cast of over 200 performers

Late Late Toy Show theme revealed

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Tonight's the night children (and a lot of adults) have been waiting for - the Late Late Toy Show.

The theme of this year’s show takes inspiration from the classic Disney film, 'The Little Mermaid'.

Host Ryan Tubridy says: "This is going to be really special.

"I have wanted to do The Little Mermaid for the Toy Show for years and, at last, my ship has come in!

"I can honestly say that it is like nothing you have ever seen on the show before and I think people are really going to enjoy it.

"There's something in it for absolutely everyone in the family.

"My costume is a sight to behold but I am loving everything about this year's opening."

This year’s show boasts a cast with more than 200 young performers and 28 toy testers taking part.

The children come from all over Ireland, with the youngest just four-years-old.

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Late Late Toy Show producer Nigel Power added: "We're really excited to share this year's Late Late Toy Show with everyone.

"We've created a truly magical world with a magnificent set and an opening filled with colour.

"The show is packed with toys, talent and surprises that make the Toy Show an unmissable night for kids and adults alike."

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As with every Late Late Toy Show, a number of charities have nominated children to experience the magic of the set for themselves in advance of tonight’s show.

This year children from LauraLynn Children's Hospice, The Jack and Jill Children's Foundation, Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Our Lady's Children Hospital, Crumlin, and Barnados will get a sneak preview of the set and get to play with the toys.

Their visit will be captured onscreen and will be aired during the show.

The Late Late Toy Show airs tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.