The illegitimate son of the dramatist Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) and brother of the songwriter Charles Dibdin (1768-1833), Thomas John Dibdin began as a scene-painter, before writing for Sadler's Wells in 1796. He is said to have composed 200 plays, pantomimes and operas, and 2000 songs.
The mouth of the Nile, or the glorious first of August: a musical entertainment. 1798.
The Jew and the doctor. 1800.
Il Bondocani: or the caliph robber. 1801.
Valentine and Orson. 1804.
The cabinet. 1802.
Two faces under a hood. 1807.
Harlequin harper: or a jump from Japan. 1813.
A metrical history of England. 2 vols, 1813.
Ivanhoe: or the Jew's daughter. 1820.
The fate of Calais. 1820.
The lady of the lake: a drama. 1822.
The reminiscences of Thomas Dibdin. 2 vols, 1827, 1837.
A ryghte sorroweful tragyke lamentacyonne. 1830.
Thomas Dibdin's penny trumpet. 1832.
The last lays of the last of the three Dibdins. 1833.
Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress metrically condensed. 1834.
Harlequin and mother goose: or the golden egg! a comic pantomime. 1862.