There is strong Irish interest in this year's Tony Awards, with actress Ruth Negga and writer-directors Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson among the nominees for the biggest night in US theatre.

The nominees were announced in the US on Monday morning.

Ethiopian-Irish star Negga is shortlisted in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her Broadway debut opposite Daniel Craig in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The production has received three Tony nominations.

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga during the opening night curtain call for Macbeth at the Longacre Theatre in New York last month

London-born McDonagh is nominated for Best Play for the Broadway production of his 2015 play Hangmen. In total, Hangmen has received five nominations.

Martin McDonagh

Dubliner McPherson has received two nominations: Best Direction of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical for the Bob Dylan-inspired Girl from the North Country. The hit show, which comes to Dublin's Olympia Theatre from 25 June, is also shortlisted for Best Musical among its seven Tony nominations.

Conor McPherson

The musical A Strange Loop leads the shortlist with 11 Tony nominations.

The awards will take place at Radio City Musical Hall in New York on Sunday, 12 June. West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will be the host.