This week’s best culture, at home – from superlative Shakespeare to a walk along Offa’s Dyke

The Observer’s critics recommend the best new arts shows to enjoy on TV, on the radio and online

Antony & Cleopatra
A tremendous cast ensured that the huge Olivier was sold out for Simon Godwin’s modern-dress production two years ago. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star as the lovers, with strong support from Katy Stephens as Agrippa and Tim McMullan as a revelatory Enobarbus. Available to stream for seven days from Thursday, 7pm on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. Susannah Clapp

What the Butler Saw
“Society is presented as a madhouse controlled by lunatics” – the late, great theatre scholar Christopher Innes could be describing today’s news programmes. In fact, he’s referring to Joe Orton’s wild farces, with their outrageous humour and anarchic energy. This 2017 production, from Curve, Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath, marked the 50th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The subtitled recording, available at curveonline.co.uk for the duration of lockdown, captures a live performance, using a single, static camera: simple, but so effective. Clare Brennan

Hayley Williams’ album
Paramore’s erstwhile frontwoman embraces left-field pop on her “very necessary” solo debut, Petals for Armor, in which she tackles depression and accountability. Out on Friday (8 May). Kitty Empire

The Listening Service: Talking in Music
Tom Service dives deep into the place where talking and singing meet. Crossing genres, the programme flits from Mozart to hip-hop via the timeless swagger of Sprechgesang (“speech-singing”) and how minimalist composer Steve Reich co-opts spoken words into melodies. Today, Radio 3, 5pm. KE

Sound Walk to Hay-on-Wye
Take a screen break with a four-hour Bank Holiday virtual ramble: 10 miles along Offa’s Dyke and the Black Mountain ridge, with orchestral music by Welsh composers William Mathias and Alun Hoddinott, plus poetry and folk song, presented by Horatio Clare. Slow radio at its best. Friday 8 May, BBC Radio 3, from 1pm. Fiona Maddocks

The Whistlers
The Romanian new wave meets film noir in Corneliu Porumboiu’s twisty, playful untangling of a heist gone haywire in the Canary Islands. On Curzon Home Cinema from Friday. Guy Lodge

An Art Lovers’ Guide: St Petersburg
Marvellous city tour, from the beauty of the Winter Palace to the jewelled extravagance of Fabergé and the glories of Russian art in the State Museum, with art experts Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke. BBC Four, Wednesday 6 May, 11pm. Laura Cumming

ICA Daily
An infinite variety of online offerings, from film and video to artists’ interviews, recommended music, poetry and books. Chosen by ICA curators and friends, it changes daily and has so far brought us live feeds from the International Space Station and the latest photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. LC

The Winter’s Tale
Christopher Wheeldon’s second full-length work for the Royal Ballet is a ravishing ravishing adaptation of Shakespeare that – almost miraculously – manages to find a dance language to tell the emotional and complex story. This 2014 recording available via the Royal Opera House on YouTube and Facebook features the exceptional first cast: Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, with music by Joby Talbot and design by Bob Crowley. Available on demand until 15 May. Sarah Crompton

James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds
On this new podcast, comedian James Acaster tries to convince other invited comedians that 2016 was the best year for music. Echoing sentiments from his book Perfect Sound Whatever, which he wrote after a breakup rekindled his love of pop music, each episode looks at a different album, from Beyoncé’s Lemonade to David Bowie’s Black Star. Friday, BBC Sounds. Kadish Morris

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