The History —

The best known version in Western cultures appeared in a collection of tales written by Charles Perrault in 1697. The earliest known ballet was presented in 1913 in Vienna.

Many ballets have been choreographed on this tale, but one of the most frequently staged productions in modern times is Ben Stevenson’s interpretation.

Prokofiev wrote the music for this ballet between 1940 and 1944. It came after his other great ballet score, Romeo & Juliet, written in the 1930s. Prokofiev's melodic invention is a great feature of the work, and the music is scored for a large orchestra. There are also three suites for orchestra which the composer authorised for use
in concert.