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I n good company

Broadchurch star Jonathan Bailey is set to make a real song and dance in a bold re-imagining of the hit musical Company — as one half of the play’s first same-sex couple

Jonny Bailey

Jonny wears t-shirt, by APC at MR PORTER, trousers, by H&M, trainers, by Kurt Geiger

We have just been presented with a vivid mental picture: dashing British actor Jonathan Bailey, wearing a thong, leaping around Ian McKellen. A sodden thong at that. However, before we are able to let our imaginations run even a little bit wild, the leash is suddenly tightened and we’re brought crashing down to Earth, thanks to a single reality-summoning word: context. It innocently transpires that the pair crossed paths last year, appearing together at Chichester Festival Theatre in Shakespeare’s King Lear. His role required Jonathan, or Jonny, as he prefers, to don skimpy undies (yes, we’re kicking ourselves that we somehow missed this performance). “Basically, I had to run about in a thong in the rain. [Ian] would get soaked as well, so afterwards we’d warm up, have a cup of tea and a chat,” he smiles.

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