The Pop-up Globe theatre in Auckland finally has a roof, but it was no easy feat to organise.

The 17-tonne, double-gabled roof was built over 14 days in the gardens of Ellerslie Racecourse.

It is 18.2m wide, 7.9m across and 6.4m high and has features including an onion dome, a cannon and a trapdoor.

The roof, made from steel and timber, had to be lifted into place in one movement by one of the largest cranes in New Zealand.

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The lift was supervised by more than 30 construction specialists, who watched in awe as it was hoisted and placed atop the three-storey, 10m-high working replica of the second Globe theatre.

According to the Eventfinda website, the Pop-up Globe is the world's first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare's theatre, the second Globe.

It first popped up in Auckland a year ago, sold 100,000 tickets in a smash hit festival of Shakespeare that was extended twice due to popular demand, then disappeared.

A season of four new Shakespeare productions opens on February 23.