Michael Kahn, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, will wed this month. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Michael Kahn is finally heeding the Bard’s command to “get thee a good husband” (appropriately, that’s from “All’s Well That Ends Well,” natch) and tying the knot with his partner, New York-based interior designer Charles Mitchem.

“I love the look on people’s faces when I say I’m getting married,” Kahn tells us. After all, at 77, he’s an unusual groom. So why now? “Well, I’m not pregnant, if that’s what you mean,” he said. “We just decided it seemed like the right thing to do.”

The couple will wed at the Anderson House in Dupont Circle on May 17. Of course, it will be a fun crowd (ever been on a dance floor with theater people?), plus Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is officiating.

One would think that a guy who routinely oversees massive productions wouldn’t sweat at throwing together a little wedding, but Kahn said preparations for the big day have been surprisingly nerve-wracking. “I now have a huge appreciation for mothers of the bride,” he said.

No honeymoon right away; Mitchem, 44, has to be back at work in NYC, where the couple has an apartment.

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