No Thoroughfare was a collaboration of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.  It was first staged on December 26th, 1867 at the New Adelphi Theatre, London.  At that time, Dickens’s most recent novels, Great Expectations in 1861 and Our Mutual Friend in 1865, had been difficult to adapt to the stage, and relatively few productions resulted from them.  No Thoroughfare was written specifically for the stage and was successful, enjoying a run of 200 performances at the Adelphi.  Its success was due in large measure to the acting of Charles Fechter as Obenreizer.  Fechter is said to have also served as the director of the play.  This is a portrait of Charles Fechter, the noted French actor who starred in Shakespearean tragedies as well as in French productions such as Ruy Blas and Lady of LyonNo Thoroughfare achieved great popularity in France and America as well as in Britain.  Dickens felt that the play would not have achieved this popularity had it not been for Fechter’s guidance.  In appreciation, Dickens contributed an enthusiastic article entitled “On Mr. Fechter’s Acting” to the August, 1869 number of The Atlantic Monthly.  The article served to introduce Fechter to the American public.