Their decades of struggle culminated in the barricade fights of the June 1832 uprising in Paris. Jean Valjean, after an impressive meeting with the aged Bishop of Digne, decided to serve the good from now on - come what may. While the unyielding Inspector Javert is on his heels, to whom the law is the very basis of civilization, this anarch is constantly adding new aliases and changing his abode again and again. In the tension of her struggle, Jean Valjean also raises his ward Cosette, who eventually falls in love with the revolutionary Marius, who grew up as a young woman. At the centre of this colossal fresco is the question of justice. For justice that means something other than to satisfy the law. A justice which, as the title says, also benefits those without possessions and misery who cannot participate in the wealth of the world. For the first time, Frank Castorf is adapting this famous musical for the spoken theatre. Since 1996 he has been staging for the first time at the Berliner Ensemble.