Dale Simon (seated) as Sir John Falstaff is taunted by Peyton Estabrook (left), Evan Chartock of West Windsor, Charlotte Kirkby and Chris Soto during a rehearsal for “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” coming to Kelsey Theatre from June 22 to July 1.

Shakespeare’s light-hearted comedy about societal hierarchies and the power of love to bring them down comes to the stage at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.

In their annual tribute to The Bard, Shakespeare ’70 presents The Merry Wives of Windsor June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on June 22.

First performed in 1602, The Merry Wives of Windsor reintroduces the character of Falstaff, the larger-than-life aging knight known from several of Shakespeare’s previous history plays.

The cast includes Evan Chartock of West Windsor as William Page.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; and $14 for students/children and can be purchased at kelseytheatre.net or by calling (609) 570-3333. More information about Shakespeare ’70 is available at shakespeare70.org.