The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II


The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II:
The Seed of Banquo

“A poetic, well-paced drama.”

“An audacious achievement.”
–Jennifer Lee Carrell, Ph.D. (Harvard)
New York Times Bestselling author of
Interred With Their Bones/The Shakespeare Secret


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Staged Reading of Act I
November 5, 2008
The Producers Club, New York, NY

Staged Reading of Entire Play
April 23, 2009
The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, NY

Staged Reading of Entire Play
United Kingdom

Ambition, Betrayal, Murder…
In 1610, The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed.
400 years later: the sequel.

 An original play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II picks up where Shakespeare’s Macbeth left off, imagining a resolution to the witches’ original prophecy that “the seed of Banquo” will become kings. Written in blank verse, adhering to the traditional Shakespearean five-act structure, it is executed in the form of what would be a faithful sequel.

The first hardcover edition was published by Pegasus Books in October of 2008, and the paperback edition will be released on April 23, 2010 (Shakespeare’s birthday).

Recommended Reading
New York Magazine Fall Preview


An audacious achievement.
‘Blood will have blood,’ wrote Shakespeare, and Lukeman steers us
back into the red, raging thick of it, exploring—in blank verse, no less—
the murderous fallout from the original Macbeth.”
–Jennifer Lee Carrell, Ph.D. (Harvard)
New York Times Bestselling author of Interred With Their Bones/The Shakespeare Secret

“Shakespeare lives on because we find his thoughts in our blood.
Noah Lukeman’s bold sequel to Macbeth, written in blank verse, is a fierce,
memory-ridden love letter to Shakespeare, and an enthralling reminder that,
in our imagination, Shakespeare’s greatest plays have no end.”
–Nigel Cliff, author of The Shakespeare Riots

“Lukeman’s sequel to the Scottish play succeeds
as both a fascinating literary exercise and an entertaining play
in its own right….[A] poetic, well-paced drama.”
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“Lukeman follows the structure, the pace and the language 
of Shakespeare so closely that an opinion of the play can go both ways: one, Lukeman is not really jumping out on a limb and creating his own version of Shakespeare or two, Lukeman truly has mastered the Shakespearian art and created a play that can stand as a sequel to the great Shakespearian play. I lean towards the latter.

—A.M. Perez, Amanda’s Weekly Zen

“The sequel is a tough nut to crack.
But when the original is more than 400 years old, that nut has become nearly petrified….
[Lukeman] cracks a tough nut indeed. Good Reading.

Petoskey News Review, Michigan

Lukeman did a top-notch job creating a fresh play
in the style of Shakespeare. The story moves quite briskly, and takes quite a few intriguing twists….The rhythm of the words and the drama of the story would make for quite a suspenseful and entertaining show. In fact, I really hope Lukeman is in the process of negotiating a production somewhere.

Fashionista Piranha





New York Magazine (Fall Preview) (September, 2008)

Booklist (September, 2008)

Publishers Weekly (June, 2008)

Telegraph (UK) (January, 2008)

Publishers Weekly (December, 2007)

Boston Globe (December, 2007)

Petoskey New Review, Michigan (March, 2009)


Publishers Lunch (January, 2008)

Amanda’s Weekly Zen (March, 2009)

Fashionista Piranha (December, 2008)

Remember Love? (July, 2008)

In Reference to Murder (April, 2008)

Wikipedia (April, 2009)

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