It's taken 16,000 pieces of scaffolding and a team of a team of 20 riggers, carpenters and roofers more than six weeks to put together.
But finally it's almost showtime for the Pop-Up Globe, a temporary replica of Shakespeare's 17th century theatre now towering 17m above the show ring at Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter
When we visited for an exclusive first-look, tradesmen were still putting the finishing touches to the structure.
But the fluoro vests and hard hats will shortly disappear, making way for audiences of up to 900 to experience Shakespeare's plays the way the Bard originally intended.
Pop-Up Globe is the brainchild of Kiwi Shakespeare scholar Miles Gregory and comes to Sydney after successful seasons in Auckland and Melbourne.
Four plays will be presented in the six-week season: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors.
And while the plays themselves are all familiar, the experience of seeing them in the replica theatre will be very different from anything most contemporary theatre-goers are used to.
Crucially, the theatre is only partially covered so audience members in the large standing area – the "groundlings" in the language of Shakespeare's day – are at the mercy of the elements. And there is a no cancellation policy.
Executive producer Tobias Grant says the chance of getting wet is all part of the charm.
"Believe it or not it can almost be a better experience," he says. "One of the best performances I've experienced was Othello last season, which was in the middle of a tropical storm.
"The eye of the storm passed over just before the murder scene. There was a poignant silence – you could hear a pin drop and then the violence of the storm picked up just in time for the murder."
Much of audience is also very close to the actors - in some cases sitting virtually on the stage.
"Audience members here quite often find themselves unexpectedly in the action, being greeted and occasionally even flirted with by members of the cast," says Grant.
And the "groundlings" closest to the stage can even expect occasionally to be spattered with fake blood or urine from the onstage action.
"There are some people who will rush to the front of the stage like in a music festival and take their particular prized places at the front of the stage," says Grant.
"It's quite an extraordinary live experience. We can't wait to welcome people into it and bring it alive."