The Abbey Theatre Dublin’s sell-out production of The Shaughraun is expected to transfer to the West End at the end of May. In Dion Boucicault's comic melodrama, the dastardly Corey Kinchela, the forces of the crown and a liberal dose of 19th-century Fenian politics contrive to keep various lovers apart. But love eventually triumphs with more than a little help from Conn the Shaughraun and his faithful dog Tatters. This new production - directed by John McColgan (best known in this country for Riverdance, now returned for the last time to London’s Hammersmith Apollo) and designed by Francis O'Connor – was first seen last summer at the Abbey and returned for a second sell-out Christmas season from 24 November 2004 to 26 November 2005 as part of the theatre’s centenary celebrations.