Spamalot - The Court of Camelot
James Ashfield - King Arthur
James trained at the (now Royal) Welsh College of Music and Drama. His first role in a musical was King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and this is his first Royal role since then. Some of his favourite roles have been the Devil in Witches of Eastwick, Higgins in My Fair Lady and Fagin in Oliver. After returning nearly two years ago to the Green, green grass of home he needed to find a theatre company and after laughing his way through their sell-out production of Noises Off, he decided MCP was for him. He was lucky enough to play Edna in last year’s production of Hairspray and LOVED it. The gold sparkly high heels still live with him.
Natalie Wyatt - The Lady Of The Lake
Natalie, hailing from Shrewsbury, is delighted to be appearing in her third production with Mad Cow Productions having previously enjoyed playing Velma in Hairspray and Madge in The Game's Afoot. Natalie trained professionally at Guildford School of acting and has recently returned there to study for her degree in theatre. Natalie's proudest achievements are her three children, the eldest of which is appearing with her in Spamalot as a Laker girl, before going on to study at Arts Ed or Wilkes Academy in September. Natalie would like to dedicate this performance to Daisy, Charlie and Alfie.
Robert Hinton - Sir Robin
Robert enlisted in MCP in year zero. He’s not really sure whether The Cows recruited him or whether he was just always there. As an accountant by day, he isn’t even sure whether he was asked to become Treasurer or “just was”. He has been involved in every show, from budgeting to scenery building to book-keeping and nearly always been on stage as well. Under the directorship of his wife, he has had several girlfriends, one same sex partner and one ex-wife, as well as six wives (one of whom was actually male - which is not at all the same thing as having a same-sex partner). He’s previously been a slave, a spy, a gangster, a joke shop owner, a world-famous tenor, a philandering fur coat seller, a children’s book publisher and a lover of musical theatre. Just now he’s loving being a knight on a quest, as part of the continuing mission of MCP to uplift you.
Ryan Brown - Patsy
Following the sold out run of Hairspray, itself a sharp change of tone for Mad Cow, the decision to perform Spamalot as their next musical was met by epic joy....and a domestic in the Brown household. You see, Ryan had already agreed with his wife that he would not take any part in the next musical, giving her the opportunity to get back onstage and strut her funky stuff. Then the cows announced Spamalot.
So, they flew Ban Ki Moon in to mediate peace talks and, with the help of UN Peace Keeping Forces (AKA babysitters) Ryan and Heidi figured out a way they could do it together. This is just a small example of the huge amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into a Mad Cow show. And Ryan says “If you don't enjoy it I have ruined my marriage for nothing!”
Matt Robinson- Sir Gallahad
Hailing from Albrighton our very own West End boy trained professionally at Laine before taking up his first big break in the UK Tour of The Pirates of Penzance, since when he has appeared in numerous pantomimes and in the UK tours of: Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, and Mama Mia (where he played two of the three dads!) as well as being in Blood Brothers in London’s West End. Previously Matt has popped into “clean” numbers but now as well as being a busy Dad to three gorgeous children he is a fully fledged MCP Choreographer and has once again taken to the stage. He is delighted to be performing with such a great bunch of people and…… is looking forward to having hair again!
Theo Millward - Prince Herbert, 1st Minstrel, Not Dead Fred & Historian
Although technically a Midlander, Theo has spent over 10 years living in Shrewsbury. 4 of these years as a proud member of the herd. Five productions in, Theo is always looking to Mad Cow to add to the repertoire of real life skills it has provided him. Singing, dancing, acting, roller skating (whilst blind folded) and now thanks to Spamalot, pulling off the notoriously challenging 'hat of fruit' look. Just you wait until Act 2!"
Joe Phillips - Sir Lancelot
This is my third outing with Mad Cow Productions having previously played Link Larkin in Hairspray and Simon Bright in The Game’s Afoot. I have loved the past year and have learnt so much from rehearsals, masterclasses and most of all the Cows themselves! I am so grateful to be taking to the stage again as Sir Lancelot and with such a talented group makes it a whole lot better! I am hoping to pursue a career in acting but for now you can catch me working as a teacher at Stage 2 Performing Arts Academy and The Libertine Cocktail bar. Hope you love the show as much as I have loved performing it!
Keith Clements - Sir Bedevere
In bygone days, Keith travelled from his birthplace of Mancunia to dwell here in Shropshire, undertaking a career in engineering management. An enforced (either jump or you’ll be pushed!) change saw him escape those erstwhile bonds 10 years ago and become a self-employed plumber. Around this time a mutual friend persuaded Keith to contact MCP and join the merry band. Since then he has played a number of MCP roles, mainly in the plays and having played Felix Geisel in the latest MCP play, he heard the calling of music and dance once more and so now here he is, splendidly flatulent, playing Sir Bedevere, a role in which he can bring every bit of his intellect to bear - and probably will need to!