Jonathan Miller’s ground-breaking production of The Tempest was one of the first to highlight the political and colonial implications of the play. It was initially shown at London’s Mermaid Theatre in 1970 and then re-worked and re-designed for The Old Vic in 1988.
In this 1988 photograph, Max von Sydow plays Prospero as a white colonist, while Rudolph Walker plays Caliban as a black slave reluctantly obeying Prospero’s commands. Ariel, also played by a black actor, was portrayed as a servant of the empire, impatiently awaiting political independence.
In her review of the 1970 production, Hilary Spurling said ‘[i]t will be hard … ever again to see The Tempest as a fairytale’.
 See Gordon McMullan’s chapter, ‘“Into something rich and strange”: The Tempest at the Blackfriars Playhouse, c. 1610–11’ in Shakespeare in Ten Acts (London: The British Library, 2016), pp. 57–58.