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Saturday 10 December 2016

Saoirse to present awards to honour Broadway's best

Saoirse Ronan (Picture: Reuters)
Saoirse Ronan (Picture: Reuters)

Saoirse Ronan will be one of the presenters taking to the stage at this year's Tony Awards, when the best in Broadway theatre is celebrated.

Stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Eddie Redmayne have won in the past.

Carlow actress Saoirse has been making waves in New York since starring in Broadway play The Crucible, which opened to rave reviews.

Legend

The 22-year-old will take to the stage again on June 12 alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

Also presenting on the night will be Oprah Winfrey, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and comic legend Steve Martin.

Chat show host and funnyman James Corden will be the main presenter for the bash in New York's Beacon Theatre.

Saoirse's performance in The Crucible, set during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693, has drawn much praise from audiences and critics alike.

She plays Abigail Williams, a teenager who uses the town's fears to her advantage.

The Crucible took in almost €500,000 ahead of its opening night in March and was credited with helping to boost ticket sales on Broadway after the normally slow winter months.

Saoirse has been in high demand since her performance in last year's Brooklyn, for which she was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

She will next star opposite Aidan Turner and Douglas Booth in Loving Vincent, about the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh.

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