John Dalby's first major musical assignment was to write the music for a Elizabethan masque being presented to the Queen at Gray's Inn. He then returned to the theatre and followed Dudley Moore into "Beyond the Fringe", and stayed for a year. Whilst appearing in "The Fringe", he wrote his first musical, "The Rose and the Ring" which won great acclaim in London. He followed this at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford with a magical version of "The Sleeping Beauty" which one critic described as "….the best show he had ever seen!" Then came "The Magic Carpet" which starred the young David Essex. In the West End, apart from "Beyond the Fringe", John has appeared in his own revue, "One in the Eye" and with Tom Conti in "An Italian Straw Hat". He has performed cabaret all over the world.