The Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group is an amateur musical theatre group based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, in the UK. The Society was formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in musical theatre, whether on or off stage, and our age range extends from 14 years to over 70.

We are an extremely happy and active group, with social events throughout the year, to keep us together as a team, and to supplement our costs. These events include trips to shows, bowling evenings, annual balls and trips to the pub of course!

The management of the Society is the responsibility of an Executive Committee elected annually at our AGM, and our Production Team looks after the artistic quality of our productions – and we’re very proud of them.

Our Honorary Patron is Sally-Ann Triplett who is always in demand for leading musical rôles in the West End and on Broadway. Sally-Ann has taken a very close interest in our Society since becoming our Patron in 2005, and has attended two of our productions, Oklahoma! and Hello, Dolly!. Sally-Ann always makes us very welcome when we go to see her in productions, and when she can’t be with us at ours, she sends video messages and has also been known to Skype us from the stage of Mamma Mia! on our opening night for our 50th Anniversary Concert!

New Members

We are always looking for New Members from the age of 14 to join us either on-stage, backstage, front of house – wherever your interest lies – and if you would like more details about how to do this, please use the ‘Enquire’ button.

The Production Team

Production: David McKnight

Musical Director: Alan Hutchinson

Choreographer: Leanne O’Brien

Our minimum age for Members is 14, however we also invite younger juniors to join us as guests for our productions, for example in The Sound of Music, Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof. It is part of AMTG’s commitment to actively encourage, support and nurture young people who would like to pursue a career in performing arts. We are so proud of many of those who have already moved on and gained places at prestigious stage and drama schools, and a number of them have begun careers in top theatres, including in the West End, both on and off stage.

Executive Committee

Karen Walker – Chair
Karen Jamieson – Treasurer
John Jones – Business Manager

Ordinary Members – Kathryn Clowes | Neil Clarke | Steve Cox | Emma Carroll-Walsh | James Longland | Charlotte Swarbrick (Junior Representative)

Meet the Team

Karen Walker

Karen Walker


I began my journey with AMTG in 2012.

It was a whole new experience for me as I had only sung in a choir before, but my dear friend, Lynn Kelly, persuaded me that this would be far more enjoyable. She was so right!

My first show was Hello Dolly!, which was a fabulous experience and a very big learning curve, not only was I on stage for the first time but we were in our new home, Repton 400 Hall Theatre. It was wonderful.

In the last few years I have been involved with the AMTG Committee, mainly looking after sponsorship and ticket sales. For the past two years I have been the Chair of the Society, which is a great honour.

David McKnight

David McKnight

Producer / Director

David McKnight trained at Mountview Theatre School, London. TV credits include Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside and Sherlock Holmes. David specialised in children’s theatre and pantomime, and his favourite panto colleague was Arthur English. David’s first rôle as Director was Oliver! in 2009 for AMTG, and since then has actively broadened the age range of the Society Members to include a wider junior membership.

Karen Jamieson

Karen Jamieson


I came to musical theatre quite late after a number of years as a musician and big band vocalist. After treading the boards with a couple of other societies, I joined AMTG in 2000 for the production of Hello Dolly!, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I have been lucky enough to be cast in some fantastic rôles over the years, but if I had to pick a favourite, I think it would be a hard choice between Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, both times playing opposite the hugely talented Chris Head.

AMTG is in my heart, it is truly a wonderful Society and my various rôles on the Committee over the years have meant I can contribute as much as possible to our Group’s success.

Alan Hutchinson

Alan Hutchinson

President & Musical Director

I first got hooked on musicals when I was a lad of 12 – my first rôle in amateur theatre – and I have never missed a year since without being involved in at least one production (and yes - a long time!).

For over 20 years I have been President of AMTG and I also wave the baton as Musical Director.

The thrill of the theatre, the joy of seeing a show come to life; the pleasure in seeing young talented members grow in confidence and stature; and the happiness seen in the faces of the audience – all make for magical moments and I am proud to be a member of the Production Team.

It’s a great Society.