About 25 people equipped with cocktail molotov bombs, smoke bombs, crowbars and other items burnt and destroyed a large part of the stage at the Art Theatre in central Athens on Friday night, 40 minutes before an event concerning soccer and titled "Travelling with PAOK" was to be presented.

Chaos prevailed for a long time, while police did not have time to intervene in time and the unidentified persons abused the public waiting for the performance to start in the theatre, located in the Athens district of Plaka.

Director Stavros Tsiolis, the play's writer, said "wild situations prevailed. They smashed everything they found in front of them."