How the Coronavirus Outbreak Impacted Production of The Crown's Season 4

Caroline Hallemann

From Town & Country

The fourth season of The Crown is likely to premiere later this year, but the cast and crew only barely managed to finish filming before the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe.

"I had just finished [filming] and the show was about two or three weeks shy of finishing, though I have a feeling that the vast majority had been shot," Tobias Menzies, who plays Prince Philip in season four of the show explained. "It’s quite possible that they will manage with what they have got and not have to go back into the shoot."

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix
Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix

While it sounds like his scenes were relatively unaffected by the global lockdown, he did acknowledge that they were unable to have any sort of wrap party, or final celebration for the cast, given that this will mark their final season together. (Peter Morgan is famously recasting the show once again for season five; While Imelda Staunton will take over for Olivia Colman as the Queen, other roles have yet to be announced.)

"We never had a big send-off and I don’t think we will now," Menzies told Deadline. "This whole cast—me, Olivia [Colman] and Helena [Bonham Carter]—this is us finishing. We were planning a fairly drunken farewell."

When Menzies and Colman wrapped their scenes in February, there was a minor celebration, but they were unaware of the impending global pandemic, so it was hardly a complete moment of closure.

"Olivia and I finished on the same day, so they gave us a round of applause and a general whoop whoop. But in a way, they also had a bunch to shoot, so it was temporary and we also knew that we had a wrap to say goodbye," he said. "Maybe that was dumb on our parts because this was February, when it was looming. But still, no part of me imagined where we were headed."

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