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Discover Tchaikovsky’s famous 'Sleeping Beauty' with the Classic FM guide to the world of this magical ballet
The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s now iconic ballet took place in the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg in 1890. The story of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is based on a fairy tale called ‘La Belle au bois dormant’ (The beauty sleeping in the woods) by Charles Perrault, published in 1697. But the story that inspired Perrault had actually been around since the 14th century.
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