A new production of the opera Carmen featuring “dancing” Andalusian stallions is to tour Britain in February

Two Andalusian stallion will be part of the cast of a flamenco dance production of Carmen in Britain next year.

The production came to England two years ago and has since been on a world tour of the US, France and Australia.

The two horses who share the part are ridden in “dances” with Carmen.

The Andalusians, Illustrado XIII and Cascanueces II are owned by La Cuadra de Sevilla of Spain.

The story, which has been written by Salvador Tavora challenges Bizet’s so called “romanticised” operatic version.

Tavora presents Carmen as a “woman of great character”

He told Horse & Hound Online: “This production of Carmen is based in factual truth. Carmen, who was a colleague of my great-great-great grandmother had an affair with a toreador.

“The use of a horse in my production is not only authentic but is also a spectacular coup de theatre.”

See this production of Carmen at:

  • Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London (18-27 February)
  • Manchester Salford Lowry (28 February – 3 March)

  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre (5- 9 March)

  • Southampton Mayflower (11- 16 March)