Theater in the round presents particular problems for directorss, due to the fact that actors at all times have their back facing some members of the audience. However, it also allows for particularly intimate and realistic dynamic staging. The configuration is also commonly employed when theatrical performances are presented in non-traditional spaces such as restaurants, public areas such as fairs or festivals, or street theatre
Theatre performed "in the round" is still fairly uncommon, though several smaller companies and some prominent producers (notably New York's Circle In The Square) perform theatre in the round on a regular basis.
An extreme form of theatre in the round is the promenade production, in which there is no separation between the acting space and the audience space, and the audience is permitted and encouraged to come very close to the actors as they perform.