British star James Corden to host the 2019 Tony Awards in New York.

The Late Late Show host previously hosted New York’s most revered theatre awards in 2016, an event which was overshadowed by a mass shooting in an Orlando gay club.

James Corden said he is “thrilled” to be hosting the Tony Awards in New York for a second time. He added
“The Broadway community is very dear to my heart, and I’m beyond proud to be part of this incredibly special night.”

Corden is a Tony Award recipient, winning for best actor in a play for his performance in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012. His previous theatre credits include the Olivier and Tony Award winning production of Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys. It is rumoured Corden will return to the West End in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods in 2020, having previously starred as the Baker in the film adaptation.

Tony Awards executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss described Corden as a “Hilarious. Insanely talented. Musical savant.” who is “brilliantly unpredictable”.

The Tony Award ceremony will take place at Radio City Music Hall on 9 June 2019 with the nominations to be announced on 30 April 2019.