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Matthew Bourne invests in a new can of Pledge this week, having picked up an Olivier award for his celebrated rethink of Swan Lake. Adventures in Motion Pictures performs in Sheffield until Saturday. If you haven't booked already you have only yourself to blame. Sheffield Lyceum to Sat; Plymouth Theatre Royal (01752 267222) from Tue

At last: Thomas Hardy, the ballet. David Bintley's latest three-act extravaganza for the Birmingham Royal Ballet is Far from the Madding Crowd, which tells a tale of a gentlewoman farmer, her three swains and sundry clodhopping folk. Birmingham Hippodrome, to Sat

Kim Brandstrup's Arc Dance Company dances his ballet noir, Crime Fictions, in London next week. Designed by Craig Givens, the work is inspired by Raymond Chandler and tells of a crime from several different perspectives. Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (0171-278 8916) 27, 29 Feb, 1-2 Mar