Approximately $200,000 Worth of Items Stolen During Filming of ‘The Crown’ Season 5

Filming is underway for the fifth season of Netflix‘s hit The Crown and it’s been reported that thieves made off with hundreds of props valued at around $200,000.

Here’s what items were stolen, where they were taken from, and how it will affect filming for the upcoming season.

Imelda Staunton of 'The Crown' wears a yellow outfit standing in the palace.
Imelda Staunton of ‘The Crown’ | Alex Bailey/Netflix

What we know about season 5 and will filming be delayed after the heist

Season five will star a new cast who will play the key members of Britain’s most famous family.

Imelda Staunton has taken over for Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce will step into the role of Prince Philip, Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, Dominic West will portray Prince Charles, and Elizabeth Debicki is replacing Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Viewers will also get their first look at Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, James Murray as Prince Andrew, Sam Woolf as Prince Edward, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Season 4 ended at Christmas in 1990. Therefore, the next season is expected to show Queen’s Elizabeth II’s annus horribilis year in 1992 and more of the breakdown in Prince Charles and Princess Diana‘s marriage.

The new season is set to be released in November 2022. Filming will not be delayed following the theft of the set props as replacements will be used.

The items that were reported stolen

According to South Yorkshire Police and Netflix, in late February hundreds of antique props used for filming were stolen from vehicles in Doncaster, in northern England.

A report in the Antiques Trade Gazette noted that the items valued at around $200,000 include a replica of a Fabergé egg, several sets of silver and gold candelabra, the clock face off of a William IV grandfather clock, a silver dressing table set, and crystal glassware and decanters.

Netflix has since released a statement on the matter that read: “We can confirm the antiques have been stolen, and we hope that they are found and returned safely. Replacements will be sourced, there is no expectation that filming will be held up.” 

The Crown’s set decorator, Alison Harvey, also spoke to The Gazette and said: “The items stolen are not necessarily in the best condition and therefore of limited value for resale. However, they are valuable as pieces to the U.K. film industry.”

When is the final season of ‘The Crown’?

There will be six total seasons of The Crown before it concludes. The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, shocked fans when he released a statement ahead of the season four premiere announcing that the series would be cut short.

“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season 5 it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” he explained (per The Metro). Morgan has also stated that he didn’t want to write too close to the current time as he felt the historical drama would become “journalistic.”

However, he later changed his mind again and informed fans that the series would end after its sixth season.

When speaking to Broadcast The Crown‘s executive producer Suzanne Mackie revealed that the show would come to an end with the royals in the early 2000s.

Seasons 1 through 4 of The Crown are currently streaming on Netflix.

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