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

A significant cast ensured the huge Olivier was offered out for Simon Godwin’s modern-dress production 2 yrs ago. Rob Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo star because the enthusiasts, with strong support from Katy Stephens as Agrippa and Tim McMullan like a revelatory Enobarbus. Open to stream for 7 days from Thursday, 7pm around the National Theatre’s YouTube funnel. Susannah Clapp


Exactly what the Butler Saw

“Society is presented like a madhouse controlled by lunatics” – the late, great theatre scholar Christopher Innes might be describing today’s news programmes. Actually, he’s talking about Joe Orton’s wild farces, using their crazy humour and anarchic energy. This 2017 production, from Curve, Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath, marked the 50th anniversary from the playwright’s dying. The subtitled recording, offered at kingdom throughout lockdown, captures an active performance, utilizing a single, static camera: simple, but work. Clare Brennan


Hayley Williams’ album

Paramore’s erstwhile frontwoman embraces left-field pop on her behalf “very necessary” solo debut, Petals for Armor, by which she tackles depression and accountability. On Friday (8 May). Cat Empire

The Listening Service: Speaking in Music

Tom Service dives deep into where speaking and singing meet. Crossing genres, the programme flits from Mozart to hip-hop through the timeless swagger of Sprechgesang (“speech-singing”) and just how minimalist composer Steve Reich co-decides spoken words into tunes. Today, Radio 3, 5pm. KE


Seem Walk to Hay-on-Wye

Have a screen break having a four-hour Bank Holiday virtual ramble: 10 miles along Offa’s Dyke and also 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 the heist gone haywire within the Canary Islands. On Curzon Home Cinema from Friday. Guy Lodge


A Skill Lovers’ Guide: St Petersburg

Wonderful city tour, from the good thing about the wintertime Palace towards the jewelled extravagance of Fabergé and also the glories of Russian art within the Condition Museum, with art experts Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke. BBC Four, Wednesday 6 May, 11pm. Laura Cumming

ICA Daily

A vast number of online choices, from film and video to artists’ interviews, suggested music, poetry and books. Selected by ICA curators and buddies, it changes daily and it has to date introduced us live feeds in the Worldwide Space Station and also the latest photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. LC


The Winter’s Tale

Christopher Wheeldon’s second full-length work with the Royal Ballet is really a ravishing ravishing adaptation of Shakespeare that – almost miraculously – manages to locate a dance language to inform the emotional and sophisticated story. This 2014 recording available through the Royal Opera House online and Facebook features the exceptional first cast: Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, with music by Joby Talbot and style by Bob Crowley. Available when needed until 15 May. Sarah Crompton

James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds

About this new podcast, comedian James Acaster attempts to convince other asked comedians that 2016 was the very best year for music. Echoing sentiments from his book Perfect Seem Whatever, that they authored following a breakup rekindled his passion of pop music, each episode examines another album, from Beyoncé’s Lemonade to David Bowie’s Black Star. Friday, BBC Sounds. Kadish Morris