Sir Arthur Wing Pinero was born in London, and while he originally studied law, found his way to the stage. In 1874, Pinero began his theatrical career as an actor. In the latter part of the decade, he began writing plays, earning critical acclaim for his comedies, including The Magistrate (1885) and The Amazons (1893). In total, Pinero authored 59 plays, including comedies, farces, and dramas.
In 1887, Pinero joined the Garrick Club, a gentlemen's club based in arts and culture. In 1909, Pinero was knighted - the second playwright (after W.S. Gilbert) to receive this honor for only his theatrical work.